Category: Blog

On The Pace of Writing

Technically, if a football team gains three and a half yards every play, they would win every game.  The games would be boring – no end rounds or spectacular, diving catches.  Just a slow, steady move towards the goal.

My writing seems like that.  I was hoping to have my next story, Invitation to the Game (a story that revolves around two opposite characters, unaware of their needs, as Superbowl Sunday unfolds), posted by early May but I am yet a few yards off of finishing the first draft. … Register or log in to access full content

The Arduous First Drafts

For me, the most difficult hurdle to overcome is starting a story.  Having done that, the next most difficult thing for me to do is naming the first character.  It is my first step of taking a story idea out of a vague “yeah, one day I need to write that” to a concrete commitment that this is Bob, not Mary.  

This is where writing can be more like laying bricks

But once the bricks are laid, we can start decorating the house.… Register or log in to access full content

Writing Dialog – Letting Characters Be Who They Are

Easter (or more aptly Resurrection Sunday) is the highest holiday on the Christian calendar.  It is also one of the two periods (Christmas being the other) where church attenders will endure the most classically poorly written dialog that writers can muster.

“My name is Matthew and I used to collect taxes.  I was actually selling out my people to Rome!  Can you believe it?  Then one day, Jesus called me and I decided to leave it all and follow him.”   Perhaps this was proclaimed by a middle aged man who always regretted not taking high school drama wearing a brown bath robe from Kmart.… Register or log in to access full content

Foreshadowing And Other Tricks

Anton Chekhov, a Russian playwright is famous for his gun.  In different ways, he is known to say, “If you put a gun on the wall in the first act, it better go off in the second or third.”  It is the definitive statement of foreshadowing – putting something in the story that is a clue to be picked up later.

I played with this idea with Mr. Reynolds Makes His Case.Register or log in to access full content

First Half of “Mister Reynolds Makes His Case”

This story is due out in April.  I am still working on the second half though I finally got the rough draft of the second half completed.  My difficulty was in moving the story where it needed to go while keeping everyone in character.  I would love to hear your reaction to what I have so far.

Or, if you are a purist, wait a few weeks and get the whole thing on your Kindle.… Register or log in to access full content

In A World Where No One Is Listening

Reverend Bob’s Sermon came out of a time of depression.  Between a rare interpersonal conflict and a decision to drop out of yet another failed project I felt as if I was in a world where I contributed little and was stuck.  Worse yet, I felt that I was resigned to a world where no one really heard me.

Those were just feelings, of course.  You ask any of my friends as well as my spiritual mentor and they would go on and on about all that I had to be thankful for and the good contributions I had made about me.  … Register or log in to access full content

The Forgotten Songs of Avalain – A World that should have been

In Forgotten Songs of Avalain, Robert Cely spins a tale of a mythical yester-world.  The first half of the story is set up helping us understand the Lethe and  how they think and live.  The second deals with two Lethe brothers and how the spiritual dynamics challenges the destiny of a people.

This story challenges the reader to explore the workings of a disordered history in our society and our own individual lives. … Register or log in to access full content

Loading Story to iPhone Kindle – It’s not so difficult after all

As the new kid on the block, I wanted to read the stories of the other authors. However, I did not want to do so sitting in my office at my computer.

My employer recently blessed (or cursed) me with an iPhone.  While I am not big on apps, I quickly knew I wanted the Kindle application.  As much as I like books, I have to admit that I read through books quicker on the small Kindle (smaller pages gives more immediate gratification and holds my interest). … Register or log in to access full content