Writer's Tool Box

Return of the VORTEX: Make all your characters work for you!

The Basics never change! Who? What? Where? When? Why? And how? The writer’s life, more than most, orbits these six mysteries. Chief among them is who. Characters are the backbone of storytelling. Somebody must want something, fight for something, and need it badly enough— no whims— for readers to engage. The reader himself is a… Continue reading Return of the VORTEX: Make all your characters work for you!

Writer's Tool Box

Life giving you lemons? Thank God.

The choice is yours. Life offers us plenty of raw material. Sometimes its lemons. The end product is what you make of it, though. Pie. Lemon bars. Lemonade. A zinger for hot tea. Or just a lemon. One of my six sisters, who shall remain nameless if only to keep her off her dentist’s radar,… Continue reading Life giving you lemons? Thank God.