Writing: Q and A: What to do if another idea calls

Monday, July 17th, 2017


Sooner or later, every writer faces it: the siren song of the new idea. Here’s the RX:

‘Enjoying my writing time at Smith Fork Ranch, Crawford, Colorado.’

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Setting: Dark and Squirmy Sites

Monday, June 12th, 2017


Rats? Cellars? Cliffs? Whatever makes you squirm, use it.

Theme: The Ring…and the Pants

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Sometimes a novel’s theme emerges most clearly in an actual physical item that appears and reappears.

Making Time: OPD, (Other People’s Drama)

Sunday, December 11th, 2016


We all have it: The friend or business associate who turns out to be a whole lot of work. The family member who jumps from crisis to crisis.

Making Time: Bad Drama and How We Show Up.

Sunday, December 4th, 2016


Today we’re talking about drama. Not the kind on the page, the other kind. How we show up…to ourselves.

Suspense: Inside Edition

Monday, November 21st, 2016


Now it’s time to talk about suspense created inside a character when he’s at war with
himself…or at war with the world around him.

Suspense: The bomb under the table.

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Today Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock delivers the goods on suspense.

Suspense: Try this! Startling, huge or totally terrifying!

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Television can be formulaic, but its form can teach us something we can use in creating suspense in our novels.

It’s slugged: Wait for it…Suspense!

Monday, October 31st, 2016


Every novel needs a healthy wallop of suspense to keep things moving. Today we talk about how to get that suspense ball rolling.