rules, shmules

If you are a writer and you haven’t yet checked out Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling, click here. Very interesting, thought-provoking, and (I hope) useful for getting out of a writing funk. A few of the rules that stick out for me: #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #5: … More rules, shmules

off on adventures

By the time you read this, I will be on a bus. GREETINGS, FUTURE-PEOPLE. Anyway. I’m heading to the SCBWI winter conference in New York City. Not actually attending the conference, but a bunch of my friends will be there and since NY is basically right next door to me I really have no excuse not to go. So! … More off on adventures

words of wisdom

From CNN’s interview with Amor Towles, author of The Rules of Civility: I’ve been writing fiction since I was a kid. From the age of 15 to 25, I probably wrote more than 50 short stories, one of which was published in “the Paris Review” in 1989. Then in my late 30s and early 40s, … More words of wisdom

Cap postscript

As a follow-up to my previous post, I’m finding it very difficult to write my superhero-themed novel today because I can’t get over the “this is how superhero stories should be told” effect of the movie. Damn you, Captain America. Damn yoooouuuuuu.