…Between the completion of one story and the beginning of another. That’s where I’m at right now. At times it feels nice. A much needed break, a chance to catch up on my favorite TV shows or video games. At other times, I find myself sitting and staring into space. Feeling a little directionless without… Continue reading The Space Between
…I define it as completing a story – whether book, short story, novella or poem. A lot of people think that being published is the definition of success for a writer. And maybe for some writers it is. But not for me. No, all I desire is that I finish the stories I so dearly… Continue reading How Do You Define Success?
My Editor is my buddy. One of my best friends. And my brother. That might sound cheesy, and probably unrealistic. But the truth is my brother is the closest thing I have to an editor. He’s a good guy for the job too. Eric’s been studying the film industry/screen writing for probably two years now. … Continue reading I Grew Up with my Editor
Today I turned twenty-one years old. A milestone in anyone’s life, I think. And when you consider the fact that I’ve been writing since I was probably…nine, that means I have been writing for twelve years. It sounds like such a long time. And in those twelve years, I feel I have learned a lot as a writer. Oh, of… Continue reading Let’s See How Far We’ve Come
Sometimes titles come naturally to me. They just jump out and yell, “Please pick me!” For my latest short story, however, nothing’s coming to me. I’m wracking my brain, looking up inspiring quotes, even digging through my Bible, all in an attempt to come up with the perfect name. A bit of explanation about the… Continue reading Written. Edited. Now What Should I Name You?
Inyë ólëa ata. Loosely translated, it means ‘I Dream Again’ in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elvish language. That should tell you at least two things about myself. 1.) I’m a ‘Tolkienite.’ That is, a complete nut about all written works by the great J.R.R. Tolkien. I have endeavored to learn Elvish through a website (www.councilofelrond.com), and while… Continue reading Inyë ólëa ata — An Introduction
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~Henry Ward Beecher Consciously or unconsciously, I think as writers we often write ourselves into stories. That doesn’t mean that every character is exactly like us — that would make for boring stories. But each character, each place,… Continue reading We Write What We Know — And What do We Know More Than Ourselves?