Writing characters: “You can be a face (good), you can be a heel (bad), for the love for god, don’t be f***ing boring.” A high quality character is distinct, compelling, and complex with an understandable motivation, even when it’s negative.
You would think rewriting a novel would be a simple process with just a little clean up. You would be wrong! Fifteen steps to finish a “completed” novel.
Born, Not Bitten (Part 16): How does Chuck know the commander of a Ranger training unit? And why does he keep rubbing his nose?
My Father died today. I’m not sure if I killed him or if he took his own life by a suicide that took nearly thirty years.
Everyone holds an idea of what a father should be in their heart and mind. Some are fortunate enough to get it, but everyone else is left scrambling. What is fatherhood? What makes a man? What does it mean to be a father? What does it mean to support another’s life until they can function as an adult?
It takes a lot to write a novel and I write my own pain into my work. As I said recently, it’s been a long week and you’re getting the darker side of my writing these days. Why? Because this blog sometimes functions as my diary and repository of all my thoughts. Unfortunately for you, its been a tough week. So, enjoy what is probably fiction; maybe its not. Either way, this has rattled around in my brain since Thursday.
Born, Not Bitten (Part 15): How do you rebuild trust? And how do you say no when everything in your screams to say yes?
Born, Not Bitten (Part 14): Welcome to the start of Act II. How do you rebuild when you’ve burnt it all to the ground?
After the Race: My twentieth and, likely, the final post in the Confessions from the Trail series! I started this series as a way to pull back the curtain and show people a sport that many will never even attempt. It’s been a long road and I’ve enjoyed having a platform to talk about a sport I love. But now the race is run and it’s time to close this series out by answering one last question: “What do you do after the race?”
Confession from the Trail: Training and the COVID Rollercoaster
I just plain have terrible luck with Valentine’s Day. It should come as no surprise that Valentine’s Day 2021 started as a trail run and ended in the ER.
Confession from the Trail: Failure and the Doldrums
Hello and welcome to the doldrums. With only five weeks to go until the Mississippi 50, I’ve hit that horrible intersection of “I’ve come so far” and “I still have so far to go.”