Writing Inspirations: Just Keep Swimming . . . and Writing

A word after a word after a word is power. -– Margaret Atwood Writing can be a solitary experience, particularly when embarking on a novel. We get all excited, we want to share that initial spark, that small seed of an idea with everybody. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, it’s an intoxicating moment and […]

Writing Inspirations: Transformations

There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well. -– Agatha Christie Writing – and reading, for that matter – has been a […]

Writing Inspirations: An Act of Rebellion, An Act of Freedom

Writing eases my suffering . . . writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence. -– Gao Xingian Toni Morrison gave a recent interview to American Theatre in which she was asked to discuss her writing: (Write, Erase, Do Over: On Failure, Risk and Writing Outside Yourself). As usual, her discussion about writing craft […]

Writing Inspirations: Stick to your process

Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it. -– Madeleine L’Engle Writers write. Writers stick butt to chair and fingers to keyboard daily. Writers write whether there is inspiration or not. One of the biggest lies I tell myself is that it’s okay not to come to the computer today because I can’t think of […]

Writing Inspirations: The Power of Words

Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us? -– Cornelia Funke That’s the power of strong and compelling writing, isn’t it? The writer composes a narrative so true to life that the characters live on the page. Lee […]

Writing Inspirations: What’s Your Story?

Don’t forget — no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.-– Charles de Lint Several years ago, early into my fiction workshop at VONA, our facilitator expressed a similar sentiment. He started the discussion: “Why are you the one who […]


The protagonist in my soon-to-debut novel, KAOS, is Detective Micah Langston Hughes. He’s a Memphis cop, task force leader and boy, does he have problems with the ladies. In the book, I’ve described Micah as six-feet four, caramel complexion, with hazel eyes. However, in his more dangerous moments, when he is creating havoc and chaos, […]