How to Get Your Groove Back: Returning to Old Ideas

This essay was originally published to the writing community Get Your Words Out. Returning to Old Ideas Or, how to find motivation after a break In 2005, I wrote the first draft of what would become my first published novel, Chiaroscuro. While rewriting it over the next year, I got ideas for a few other…

Two Productivity Apps: Notion and Moleskine Journey

This essay was originally posted to the writing community Get Your Words Out. At the beginning of the month I downloaded a bunch of apps with the intention to test them out and offer brief reviews of each one. Then I got a new job and have been studying for license certification exams, and completely…

Character-driven vs. Plot-driven stories

This essay was originally posted to the writing community Get Your Words Out on April 23, 2020. When I volunteered to write this topic, it was as much to learn as to teach. For years, my opinion has been character=plot/plot=character; basically, you can’t have one without the other. Researching this, though, has widened my perspective,…

Trello for Writers

This essay was previously posted to the writing community Get Your Words Out on March 23, 2020. To paraphrase Sports Night, I like lists because I like crossing things off them. Any organizational system that lets me check a box, cross out a line, or otherwise visualize what I’ve completed is A-OK by me. I’ve…