In the beginning, it was savage and stern, a blackness of soul. It began like a tree of precocious growth, with rings of power and leaves of glinting copper, with fruit of gems and shafts of light that stabbed the night. The story I conceived was full-term, ready to burst forth, yet not developed enough … Continue reading And What is a Story?
And what awaits us in the next year? As an ever-hopeful soul (put that scowl away!), I'm hoping 2022 is calmer, shorter, less fretful than the last two years. I want people to care about others, to take care in how they interact with the world, to enjoy something in each moment of every day. … Continue reading December, 2021
And didn't pre-plan a post. Whoops! However, the story I'm editing ready for publication is an Australian short story (about 6k words) about gold country. Do you remember Itchy (originally published here)? Stay tuned. He's going to make it into his own book. Photo by Pat Whelen on Pexels.com
Some people turn over a new leaf, some turn over a full page, but I'm going to add a page! At least to this site. It's not up yet, still in the design phase, but before long there will be --- drumroll, please --- a Copywriter Page Yes, I know. Sounds like a lot of … Continue reading A New Page!
Yes, it really is today, at 5pm (or 1700 hrs) London time (you need to check the time for your zone, because for me, it's sometime after zero-dark-hundred and before sparrow-fart (around 0130 in the blessed apres midis)). Your Chance to see what professional writers, editors, publishers, agents have to say about submissions from authors. … Continue reading Pop-Ups on Litopia – It’s Today!
The writer gets the characters together, puts them in situations, shows their backbone - or lack of - and pushes them through plots and troubles until the lesson is learned, the question is answered, the world is set right - or the consequences are clear for all to see. That's how a writer does it, … Continue reading Who is the Story for?
Hang on, hang on, it's just a few minutes away. I promise. Those clouds will part and there will be the light of a bright, sunshiny day. Okay, looks like I was wrong. Again. But the days are getting longer, the mornings are lightening earlier, and the flowers are blooming. Yes, they are. The purple … Continue reading Here Comes the Sun
Yep. Housekeeping time for the blog. It's a regular thing with the blog posts removed after a certain period of time. Pages get updated a bit, played with, but not a full spring-clean. Now is the time. If you don't see me for a while, it's because the doors are closed, the fumigators are in, … Continue reading Times be a-Changin’
(Okay, let's just pretend it's Friday and I'm doing my weekly update on the subject that came up several weeks ago) (The pic comes from Fandango and his Flash Fiction Challenge, except I'm not writing fiction -- or am I?) photo from Nicolae_Balt at Pixabay.com. Conflict: See that balloon? The conflict comes from the character … Continue reading Conflict, suspense, and tension
And it's not because I forgot it was Friday again. It's about stories. Where the open lies, where the build happens, how it all crashes together to form an ending. I use a couple of methods to get the shape of the story. The first thing I do is a paragraph about the idea. A … Continue reading How to get to the Starting Point