Of all the skills a good writer needs in order to write well, I think one of the most important is empathy. It doesn't matter if you have excellent grammar, seamless plotting, or snappy dialogue. If you don't have empathy for your characters, both the heroes and villains, then the story is going to show… Continue reading Empathy
It always bothers me when people say they can't write. Sure, some people may have more talent than others, but they probably write more often. In my opinion, and my experience, anyone can write. Doesn't matter if it's an email, a school report, or a piece of fiction. Anyone can do it. The thing is,… Continue reading The Write Stuff
One of the drawbacks to being creative is dealing with disappointment. It can be awful when one of your projects doesn't turn out the way you wanted it to, or when people don't like it, or things just fall apart. I've had stories that I simply couldn't make work. I've had stories that never made… Continue reading The Right Attitude
If you grew up in the U.S. back in the 1970s and 1980s, you probably read To Kill a Mockingbird in school. Harper Lee's coming-of-age story was mandatory reading when I was in eighth grade, but the book left an impression on me and I re-read it when I was a sophomore in high school.… Continue reading Review – Go Set a Watchman
How much does personal experience influence our art? Join me as I discuss the subtle and obvious ways experience shapes our creativity. The podcast is available at iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, and PodBean. Or if you prefer, I also have a YouTube channel. Or you can simply listen to it here!
I think it's safe to say that most writers focus on pieces they want to publish. Short stories, poems, novels, it's all done with the end goal of seeing it in print. That being the case, I think it's also safe to assume that many writers don't do any writing practice. You know, exercises, vignettes,… Continue reading Writing Practice
Art can be serious business. People who create take their projects seriously. We agonize over them, we cuss at them, we deal with frustration, aggravation, annoyance. We want to produce the best objet d'art we can. It doesn't matter if it's the written word, paint on canvas, or audio file. We live and breathe art.… Continue reading Having Fun
What happened to the elusive writer? It wasn't that long ago - thirty, maybe forty years ago - when writers could be mysterious, anonymous, hidden behind pen names and pseudonyms. There was a certain mystery to some authors, like Harper Lee and J.D. Salinger. Familiar names, but most everything else about them was unknown. Nowadays,… Continue reading The Elusive Writer
One of the great things about being a part of the #WritingCommunity on Twitter is discovering new authors. It's one thing to wander through a bookstore and browse titles, but during a pandemic, wandering through Twitter posts and perusing titles is the next best thing. My latest discovery is the novel Where Demons Dance by… Continue reading Review – Where Demons Dance
The topic for this episode is "Who Cares?" It's easy to lose your motivation when you don't have an audience or you aren't getting the attention you think you should, but this doesn't mean you should give up. Join me as I talk about keeping your focus and staying motivated. The podcast is available at… Continue reading The Prometheus Project Podcast, Ep 33, is available!