Character Sketch: Laney Brennan

I build characters in my head. I talk to them and sometimes I answer out loud. My kids think I’m crazy. They’re right but not for the reasons they think. I hate doing character sketches where I sit down and write everything out. I feel overwhelmed as I try to figure out if it’s meContinue reading “Character Sketch: Laney Brennan”

Writing Tools: Crossing Genres

There are two obstacles that every writer faces in one form or another: Writer’s Block and Craft Fail. These two elements are inextricably linked because writer’s block is caused by the frustrated ability to articulate the writer’s imagination through craft. If writer’s block were created by a lack of imagination, it would not be calledContinue reading “Writing Tools: Crossing Genres”

Firing Mechanics

I was very disappointed. I planned on attending a #NaNoWriMo meeting at 1:00 p.m. My first indication that my plans were destined for the circular file was when my car overheated one-half hour prior to reaching my destination. I should have seen this one coming since my mechanic seems to think I’m stupid and thatContinue reading “Firing Mechanics”

Photojournalism Exhibition

I.O.’s aside: I’ve always been amazed by the stories that photographs tell. When written, so much of a story’s possibility is confined by the words chosen. Perhaps this is why ancient oral traditions such as the Druids were so set against putting their lore into writing. Then again, certain Native American tribes saw photography asContinue reading “Photojournalism Exhibition”

Clean or Dirty? Creating Art That is True

It’s Always Sunny in Tijuana asked a simple question: “What’s everyone’s thoughts on clean vocals?”  For those of you not familiar with metal music, the genre is dominated by screaming, grunting and growling vocals. Those who can perform these vocal acrobatics with precision are worshiped. Clean vocals can carry a stigma and possibly disqualify aContinue reading “Clean or Dirty? Creating Art That is True”

Writing the Beginning

One of the things I’ve learned in writing is that the beginning has to grab your reader. Don’t start at the beginning of the beginning if that makes sense. Plop your reader right in the middle of all perdition breaking loose. This doesn’t mean you need some flashy battle scene, especially if you’re writing aContinue reading “Writing the Beginning”

Voice Recognition

When struck by a moment of inspiration, I know I have 5 seconds to do something about it. You can thank Mel Robbins for that bit of wisdom. Here is a link to the video that inspired the ongoing reinvention of my life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp7E973zozc. So I grab whatever is handy and write it down orContinue reading “Voice Recognition”

Hocus Pocus?

A “published” writer since the tender age of 12, IO KIRKWOOD’S fantasy short stories have graced the pages of many a school literary magazine. She set aside her dreams of writing to raise a family but the fever never quite left. Io’s genre runs towards dark, urban and ultimately pagan fantasy. As one of theContinue reading “Hocus Pocus?”