Coffee for WriMos: Day Five

Coffee for WriMos: Day Five

I woke up this morning, talking to myself. It’s an affliction of drafting daily: I hear voices. It’s perfectly okay. I know whose voices they are; they belong to my characters. Weirdly, we talk about how the story is going as if I’m the stage...
As Simple as One, Two, Three

As Simple as One, Two, Three

With both front paws, Bobo hits the metal door of room 206 at the Howard Johnson Motel; 60 pounds of snarling female dog. It’s been left cracked open for the barking canines inside, and for a moment, dog silence follows. The door swings shut behind her. Cars on...
As Simple as One, Two, Three

Mapping the Hero’s Journey

“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.” ~ Joseph Campbell It’s appropriate to begin a discussion on the hero’s journey by quoting the man we now equate with modern understanding of mythology. Joseph Campbell theorized: “all myths are the...
As Simple as One, Two, Three

The Story Behind the Board

“You should take Mary Carroll Moore’s class on developing a book.” A newly published author offered me this advice in 2012 when I told her I was quitting my day job to finish writing my novel. She took this workshop, published and won a literary...
As Simple as One, Two, Three

Just Shoot

Always shooting from the hip will not improve your aim, but sometimes you just have to shoot. Writing a full-length fiction manuscript is a new target for me as a writer. It stretches everything I’ve learned about writing in my freelance and business career. And...
Tips For Writers: Justifying Changes

Tips For Writers: Justifying Changes

Yes, I’ve been talking out loud and no one but the dogs are in the house with me. You might think I’m suffering from cabin fever here at Carrot Ranch–after all, it has snowed, rained and spit ice-balls over the duration of a week. According to my...
Revision Review: Strategey

Revision Review: Strategey

Writing is the easy part. Revision is where the work resides and in order to slog through it with grace, you need to have a strategy. That is, you need to plan your approach otherwise you are just poking at words with a stick. Start with a big-picture view of your...

Submit a Better Resume

Insider Tips to Submitting Your Resume If you have been seeking a career change or looking for a job, you are in good company. It is a competitive market for jobs. As former senior management, I’ve seen first-hand the mistakes applicants make. I’ve even reviewed over...