The Journal: “Natural” Storytellers

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * “Natural” Storytellers * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “This is how I came to begin thinking about story-first worldbuilding.” Kelsey Allagood at Writer Unboxed “Natural” Storytellers While poking around the web this morning I came across “Your Guide to a Weekly Creativity Time.” In that post, James Scott Bell says John Gilstrap is a “natural storyteller.” I couldn’t agree more. But Mr. Bell goes on to say that he himself is one of the “other writers” who “have to dig in hard ground to find, stimulate, and … Read more

The Journal: Setting a “Floor” Goal

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Setting a “Floor” Goal * Be sure to see * After the novel sputtered * Remember that you * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” Robert Frost “Despite the number of writing skills we’ve mastered, if we’re not excited about the story we’re telling, it’s going to show.” Lori Freeland Topic: Setting a “Floor” Goal After reading Dean Wesley Smith’s post on the personal goals he set for himself for 2021 … Read more

The Journal: A Free Boot Camp for Writers

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Ralphie May’s Boot Camp * The novel is coming along * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “Having a dedicated space is a signal to yourself that writing is not an idle hobby that you peck away at between household chores or doom-scrolling Twitter sessions. Ideally, there should be no Twitter allowed in this space. It is a place you go to work.” Kim Bullock That “no Twitter allowed” recommendation is why I also advocate a dedicated writing computer. This is kind of a special edition of the … Read more

The Journal: Magic Realism, Writing, and the WIBBOW Rule

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * How I came to write magic realism * The WIBBOW Rule * A Note on Covers * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “Writing to me is an advanced and slow form of reading. If you find a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. … It took me a long time to do a short book; a long time to leave the world of language and the building up and shaping of the book, but once it … Read more

The Journal: This is Important

In today’s Journal * Topic: This is Important: What I Offer * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Topic: This is Important: What I Offer Today I’m tooting my own horn, letting you know what you can learn from me and the various ways you can learn from me. I realized this morning I’ve never enumerated the various ways I teach. In case you didn’t know or as a gentle reminder, first I write this Journal almost every day. In it, I often post a topic that I believe will help someone out there. Sometimes some readers see my … Read more

The Journal, Monday, October 21

In today’s Journal * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Today I’m posting here mostly to pass along the stuff in “Of Interest.” After working on my email a little last night and a lot this morning, I finally got through what had accumulated while I was gone. Dan and I had a great time escaping life in general, social media, Home Shopping Network and all the other mind-numbing stuff that washes over us all in everyday life. I posted a few pics on Facebook. If I can figure out how to download it from my camera, I might … Read more