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  • Inspiration: Story Idea
    I recently had a discussion about story ideas with another author. It spurred me to share the inspiration for my work in progress, The Venerable Dawn: Ascension. In August 2019, I took a writing class after being eliminated from a Corporate America job for the third time in my career. The first homework assignment asked … Continue reading Inspiration: Story Idea
  • Book Club: Ringworld
    This month’s book club selection was Ringworld by Larry Niven (288 pages). First published in 1970, it is indicative of the era for a couple of reasons. Let’s start with the story and plot. Or lack thereof. The blurb sold the book as a tale about discovering an immensely large circular space ribbon constructed by … Continue reading Book Club: Ringworld
  • World History 101
    I’ve spent the last few days organizing my created world file for The Venerable Dawn: Ascension (working title). This file includes everything from the initial dump of my worldbuilding thoughts to the most recent reiteration of its elements. During the first draft, I layered in bits and pieces of worldbuilding throughout the narrative, and like … Continue reading World History 101
  • Book Club
    Have you heard the advice: learn to write by reading? I think reading is a fundamental part of the apprenticeship. To my dismay, I fail this lesson far too often. Not because I don’t like reading. To the contrary, I love books and good storytelling. My love of reading started in elementary school. I’d rather … Continue reading Book Club
  • The Cycle of Acceptance
    One of my favorite parts of writing fiction is putting my characters in shocking situations. To make their worst nightmare come true or make the unthinkable happen. They are key moments in the story for the protagonist like when the main character realizes her father is the villain, and she must kill him to save … Continue reading The Cycle of Acceptance

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