Act One: Elements of Story

The latest WINE AND WRITING WISDOM video is now available and it’s one you don’t want to miss. We continue the discussion on the importance of recognizing and applying structural elements into our writing. We explore the set up, the inciting incident and the doorway of no return. If you enjoy the video, leave me […]

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: 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 […]

It’s so much better when we take our time

I have participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) every year since I first learned of its existence in 2010 and most years, met the 50k word count goal.  I value this month for many reasons that I won’t list here but I primarily participate because it helps to improve overall productivity  as well as […]

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 […]

Out with the Old; In with the New!

Since a very dear, but sarcastic friend of mine posted earlier about played-out, dog-tired clichéd end-of-the-year resolutions: 2011 – New Year, New ME/ No Time for BS/ Making Moves/ … I have to admit to a little hesitancy about writing this post.  Mostly because he is absolutely right (count the number of resolutions you’re gonna […]

Building Characters that Sizzle, Part Two: Dominant Impressions

Welcome to Part Two of the wrap-up of Deb Dixon’s talk on Characterization.  If this is your first visit, you can find Part One here. The Dominant Impression provides a snap shot of your character.  According to Ms. Dixon, a character’s dominant impression is described through a marriage between an adjective and a descriptive noun; […]