• Craft,  Reading,  Uncategorized,  Work-In-Progress

    Eleven Requirements For The First Pages of Your Bestseller

    The first pages of a book are like opening a door. I let myself go at the beginning and write with an easy mind, but by the time I get to the middle I begin to grow timid and to fear my story will be too long…That is why the beginning of my stories is always very promising and looks as though I were starting on a novel, and the middle is huddled and timid, and the end is…like fireworks. — Anton Chekov The first pages of a book are  the first impression a reader, agent, publisher or reviewer will read. Your goal is to keep them so interested that…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Inspiration,  Self Talk

    Why I Picture My Inner Critic As An Evil Disney Sidekick (And How I Take Him To The Woodshed)

    Ursula the Sea Witch has two eels named Flotsam and Jetsam. Gaston has the cleverly named Le Fou. Aladdin‘s Jafar has that parrot, Iago, who I really  wanted to punch in the mouth and Scar, from The Lion King had three goofy hyenas. My point? All villains have henchmen. This isn’t a post about how to create great sidekicks for your villains, that may or may not be cute as a button and who may or may not break out into song at a moment’s notice. The henchman I’m referring to is far darker and far destructive than anything Disney could create. It could even be Hitchcockian or Wes Craven-ish. I’m talking…