Live Life and Practice Writing

There are many commonalities between fiction writers and playwrights. One is struggling with the first draft.

I found this quote in the book, “The Playwrights Process: Learning the Craft from Today’s Leading Dramatists,” by Buzz McLaughlin. The brilliance of the book is Buzz doesn’t tell you how to do it, he interviewed many successful playwrights and had them tell you how they go through the process. Continue reading

Everyone can use a good laugh. This Facebook post by Jesse Newton with his wife Kelly McQueen Newton brought laughing tears to my eyes. I had to share it.

Some people see this as a reason not to get a Roomba, but the response from Hammacher Schlemmer, the sellers of Roomba, makes me want to purchase one. They stand behind their product. I can’t imagine calling and telling them this story.  

Although I did reach out to Jesse Newton for permission to repost his story, I did not hear back from him. The title Roomba Poop is mine, the rest is Jesse’s including the art work.

Lastly, this is a good piece of humor writing and it’s National Dog Day! Enjoy! Continue reading


Most writing books and most writers say the key to success is discipline; sitting down every single day and writing. But no one tells you how to do it. You do it by forming a writing habit.

I am great at hitting daily word goals if there is a deadline with a paycheck looming over my head; but, if it is self-imposed, I’m not so good. I can promise myself any number of rewards and it has no effect.

Does this sound familiar? “I’m going to get up at 5 AM every single morning and write for 2 hours before I go to work. Starting tomorrow.” The alarm goes off the next morning and you hit snooze. It is a daily battle for many writers.

Have you ever seen the movie, “What About Bob?” It contains a good goal-setting technique that is helpful in forming a writing habit. It is also a hilarious movie and one of my all-time favorites. It is a great example of two characters pursuing their wants in direct conflict to each other. More on that in another post.

In, “What About Bob?” Psychologist Dr. Leo Marvin, played by Richard Dreyfuss; in order to get the world’s neediest patient, Bob Wiley played by Bill Murray, out of his office gives Bob a copy of his book, “Baby Steps.” He explains to Bob that baby steps are,

“Small reasonable goals you set for yourself one day at a time. One tiny step at a time.”

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Brilliantly done.

This is a great read. I was pulled in from the first chapter by the mystery of who sent the flowers. Then it got less urgent, but still interesting. The big question for me was how the two starkly different characters; finical reporter, Mikael Blomkvist and investigative researcher, Lisbeth Salandar; were going to come together or not? Continue reading

This post by artist Q. Rumbley struck a chord with me. Writers don’t talk about this enough. Read the comments. Can you believe she charges only $150 for an 8×10 commissioned portrait?

Carve & Draw

I don’t know why this is but there is this persistent assumption that artists of all stripes are happily willing to provide their artistic services for close to nothing, for exposure or just flat out free. So I’m not sure if people are aware of this but artists don’t have special abilities that allow us to make art supplies, food, housing and clothing magically appear. We have to obtain them through the same means that everyone else does; by acquiring money. Now I’m not going to sit here and go into a long spiel about the abuses many artists encounter while trying to make a living from their craft, all I really want to say is if you wouldn’t expect a painter to paint your house for free then please don’t expect an artist to paint the family dog for free or a designer to design your family reunion t-shirts…

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What is Scrivener?

Scrivener is a software program developed by a writer for writers to aid in the process of creating long texts. The company name is  Literature & Latte.  The “creating long text” is important and often left out when people recommend Scrivener. It is moderately priced making it accessible for most writers and now you can write across devices.  It’s more than a word processor, but it’s not one of those story writing systems that tells what to do and when to do it. Continue reading

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