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I am an award winning playwright and TV writer whose plays have been produced in New York and Russia. My spec script “Brick by Brick” for the HBO series DEADWOOD placed second at The Austin Film Festival because of its unique characters and original storytelling. I am also a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. I teach dramatic writing and am a writing coach and dramaturge on-call for my friends.

I have three dogs, three cats and a star named OOOOOPS!

This Blog

This blog is about transitioning to writing fiction as a full-time job. Writing is practice and I practice by writing this blog, but I also want to help other writers, creative professionals and entertain the non-writer reader.

In My Grand Plan posts you can follow my progress as I work to make writing my full-time job by building a writing platform, publishing short stories in commercial markets,  finding an agent and publishing my first novel. I strive to explain what I am doing and why I am doing it.These posts will focus more on the business of writing.

Writing Practice posts contain writing prompts, ideas, and challenges that get my writer juices flowing and I hope will also help other writers and creative professionals.  From time to time, I will include a craft exercise designed to help you understand a technique. Under this category is a monthly 50-word story challenge where each month 10 mini-prompts are thrown-up and you are challenged to write at least 3 stories based on the prompts and post them in the comments. I cannot stress enough the benefits of writing 50-word stories. It is why I made it a monthly feature.

Writing Craft posts are articles about craft. I have learned a lot over the years and have created my own methods of teaching what I know. My straight-forward, no-frills style of explaining what works for me, I hope will help other writers.

Adventures in Writing All bets are off on this one. This is where some of odd and crazy “projects” will start. What you will not see is my short stories or other writing because, it is not a good idea to post online any writing; long, short, fiction or non-fiction; that you plan to sell.

Writers on Writing posts will be quotes from writers that I find helpful to keep in mind. The are done as internet cards or memes. You may copy and share them, print them and tape them to your wall, or use them as your background on your computer, pad or phone.

Blog Events I run two events on this blog:

The 50-word Story Challenge – I monthy challenge to write at least three 50-word stories based on a set of 10 prompts. I will publish the stories on my blog at the end of each month.

PayItForward Friday – A weekly blogging event where you pretend to be a copywriter creating a guide book to the internet titled, “Best of the Blogosphere.”

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10 thoughts on “About

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Hi Cyn,
    I’ve nominated you for the Very inspiring blogger award. If you choose to accept, which I hope you will you need to follow 4 rules. 1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. 2. List the rules and display the award. 3. Share seven facts about yourself. 4. Nominate (15) other amazing blogs and comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them. Good luck in your writing journey.


    1. CynFranks says:

      Thank you so much Susie! I feel so honored. I have never been nominated for a blogging award before. I do accept. I’m going through a hard time and can use something positive in my life right now. I’m guessing you have been nominated, so your blog won’t count because it would be high on my list of 15. I will try to get it done this weekend.

      My beloved poodle, Merlin, has been diagnosed with cancer and is at Michigan State University for additional tests right now. Other than a growth on his leg, he seems perfectly healthy. I’ve had to make some tough choices over the last couple of days and will most likely have to re-think them and make harder ones as each report brings worse news. I know in the grand scheme of things, it is not so important, but Merlin has been my buddy and the one thing that has kept me sane after I returned to my hometown to care for father 3 years ago. So, thank you. This gives me a positive project to divert my mind and that is very welcomed right now.


      1. susieshy45 says:

        Oh Cyn, my prayers and my love are with you. I am there for you, if you would like to share anything but rest assured that Merlin and you are in God’s hands, so don’t think yourself alone in any way. There is a plan for everything as you so wisely say.
        God bless the two of you !


  2. Cyn,that is awful. I know how hard it is, the four legged entwine themselves in our hearts and families as much as any two legged creature. I wish you luck and peace. I hope the next report will be better

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    1. CynFranks says:

      Thank you. The cancer did not spread. Merlin had surgery this morning to remove the growth and it looks like he will be coming home with all four legs. Not removing the leg means there is a 50/50 chance the caner will return, but who knows when that may be? He is 11 and even though life expectancy for standard poodles is 14 years, if I have him healthy for another year, it will be money well spent.


      1. Cyn, that is so awesome!! I am glad he came home. He will be fine, I know it 🙂


  3. I’m so glad we found each other! This is exactly what I need right now, more writing support! Thank you thank you Cyn. I’m very much looking forward to getting to know your blog better. Serendipitously, Dawn


  4. I’m so glad I logged on and found your site. I will follow your journey. You have great inspiring posting for aspiring writers.


  5. Paul R. says:

    Thank you very much for following me last year and Thank you for being here in this new beginning. I wish you all the best in the world 😀


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