Fight Club – VONA-style

It has taken me a couple days to prepare this post.  I am only days away from the conclusion of my first Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) experience and even now, I’m dealing with cognitive, sensory and emotional overload. I won’t bore you with a blow-by-blow schedule of events, those are posted on the […]

Voices of Our Nations Arts

Transitions. Some of you may have heard me tell this story before and if so, please bear with me for a spell. Every since I was old enough to understand the purpose of a pen and paper, I’ve been writing stories.  My very first novel was written somewhere around the 7th grade.  My mother was […]

Writer’s POV: Midnight in Paris

I saw Midnight in Paris this past weekend (yeah, I know I’m late) and was reminded what good story telling is all about.  Whatever your personal opinion about Woody Allen the man, Woody, the director and writer is masterful storyteller and still at the top of his game. The plot centers on a small group […]

Writing Prompt: The Texture of Anxiety

New writers, and some experienced ones as well, often neglect the senses in our writing or we forget to write with senses other than sight.  Touch is often neglected in fiction but in reality, it stands next to the sense of smell as being the most primal.  So, if you want to increase the emotional […]

Understanding Mental Illness for Fiction Writers: Schizophrenia Part II

Welcome back to Part II of our discussion on Schizophrenia.  In Part I, we defined the illness and how a real life person may present in a mental health clinic or hospital.  Today, the discussion will focus on how the illness is presented in film and other works of fiction. One of the great things […]

Understanding Mental Illness for Fiction Writers: Schizophrenia, Part I

At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he turns to teaching, becoming romantically involved with his student Alicia. Meanwhile the government asks his help […]