Do I Hinder Your Good Intentions?

Lately I’ve been working to complete a long project. A book, I dare say. Between writing and doing work that pays the bills, I’ve ignored this blog. It’s a shame. I enjoy publishing an article and seeing if anyone notices. Unexpectedly this morning, however, a loud idea for a posting struck. The article could be composed quickly,…

Technique Dada Cut-Up Burroughs

The idea for this post came while watching an episode of Luther. In one scene, Luther has spread crime photos across the floor. A detective enters, asking why the mess. Luther says he’s using the David Bowie decoupage technique. (I’m roughly paraphrasing, so forgive any inexactness.) Ah-ha! I thought. The old William S. Burroughs cut-up technique!…

My haiku at ThreeLinePoetry.com

Overwhelmed by stress? Why not take a moment to read haikus (including one of mine) at ThreeLinePoetry.com? My piece is in current issue #41, and reads: Courage is no mask Fabricated by the mind But the heart’s whisper Very grateful to TLP for including my work! If enjoying some tightly crafted verse doesn’t relieve what…

Book Suggestion: Write like the Masters, by William Cane

Reviewing old notes in my Evernote account, I found a collection of quotes from Write like the Masters, by William Cane. The book collects facts about the writing habits of famous writers. Go get a copy of the book at Amazon. It’s fantastic.  Here is what I noted about the master, Ray Bradbury. As memory serves, some text comes…

Increase the Drama with Contrasts

As a kid, I collected comic books. I can’t count how many had covers that boasted, in exploding fonts, a collision of “Fire vs. Water!” or “Muscle vs. Metal!” Why were these contrasts of force so common? Because they’re easy and surely the writers were deadline-driven. But beyond that, these couplings are rich with conflict. Each side is an intrinsic obstacle to the other.

Spitballing Past Writer’s Block

Here’s a tip for when writer’s block has seized you in creative paralysis. One day this past summer, I suffered from a mid-story blockage. I’d written what felt like half a story, but was unsure of where the action should go, unable to see what my characters should do. Taking a break from doing nothing,…

Read “Bird in the Works” in Cheat River Review

Cheat River Review is affiliated with the MFA program at West Virginia University. Many thanks to them for publishing my story, “Bird in the Works,” in their Fall 2015 issue. Read the story here (I hope you enjoy) and then browse the others. Have comments about my work? Reply below.