Why I stopped writing my Emily Graham stories

By |2021-02-25T23:40:52+00:00February 25th, 2021|Emily Graham, Personal, Self-publishing, Writing|

Why I stopped writing my Emily Graham series. My Emily Graham Mystery/Suspense series began as a huge surprise for me, as I thought I was just sitting down to write one very short story based on something I thought of many years ago. I was amazed when that story kept [...]

Ignore the Rules, Just Write the Story!

By |2021-01-06T16:21:58+00:00January 6th, 2021|Creativity, Fiction, Ideas, imagination, learning, short stories, Writing|

Sometimes, writing a story seems more like being a tree in an ice storm. Sometimes I have this story idea in my mind with all of it's branches of characters and actions, but when I sit down to write it, I can't [...]

Making it Real – The Beginning…

By |2021-01-06T16:21:33+00:00January 5th, 2021|Creativity, Ideas, imagination, Personal, short stories, Writing|

As they walked up the steps of the porch they looked at the huge house. The large windows were covered in dust and mud and most of them showed large cracks. The porch roof was trimmed with overly-fancy woodwork that included carvings of angels, devils, several trees, apples, and an [...]

I Am Not A Prude: About Writing the Arnie Dufner Series

By |2020-09-07T16:26:44+00:00July 30th, 2020|Arnie Dufner, Fiction, Ideas, imagination, Writing, Young Readers|

I am not a prude. I just wanted to say that up-front so you don't misunderstand what I'm going to say in this post. And there is something else... I don't like to be critical of other writers. Other writers are welcome to write what they want to write. It may not be [...]

“I’m just not that creative…”

By |2020-09-07T16:43:44+00:00March 20th, 2020|Creativity, Ideas, imagination, short stories, Writing|

Question: It is interesting to see how you come up with your ideas from something you see or hear or something you read. But I’m just not that creative. Never have been. Do you think some people are just more creative than other people? Thanks for the question, and it’s another one that I hear [...]

How Stories Happen: Working Title – “November 18”

By |2020-09-07T16:43:10+00:00March 10th, 2020|Ideas, Personal, short stories, Writing|

I am often asked how I actually write my fiction stories. As a shot at a response, I thought I would give you an inside look at how it happens by sharing an early "idea" for a story I may or may not end up actually finishing. In fact, this might even work as a [...]

Some Ideas Make it Hard to Breathe – From April 2019

By |2020-09-07T16:42:43+00:00March 5th, 2020|Ideas, imagination, short stories, Writing|

I was late for class, which as the instructor, is frowned upon. I was following a big, slow, truck, watching for a break in the traffic so I could get around. It gave me time to think about that big yellow thing the truck was carrying, and wonder just what the heck it was. I [...]

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