Dare to Be Bad

Yesterday three friends talked to me about their fears of the blank page, which is a real fear that seems to lie in wait for many writers. I have some writing friends who say that they never experience it because writing is their escape. That’s never been true for me. Writing is something I actively…

Masterclass Review: R.L. Stine on Writing For Young Audiences

So far this one has been the best of the Masterclass instructors. Even though this focuses on writing scary books for kids, what he talks about extends to adult books as well. he makes a point of differentiating when it is important. The production values of all of the Masterclass courses are all top notch….

Cave Creek

I’m in a writing course run by Dean Wesley Smith called Writing in Shared Worlds. As part of the class he is creating a shared world called Cave Creek, which is a sort of weirdness magnet. Located north of Las Vegas in Nevada, Cave Creek is a place where strange things happen. Dean describes it…

Superstars and Cat Stories

Superstars Writing Seminars begins for us tomorrow with the drive down to Colorado Springs. We volunteered to take two fellow Superstars with us from the Denver airport. I’m excited to meet them. The best part of Superstars is the people. Time spent in a car with fellow attendees should be a fantastic opportunity to get…

Learning Stories & Sales Copy

I haven’t talked too much about the education I’m undertaking this year, but I also have substantial plans in that realm. The first class of the year for me is Dean Wesley Smith’s Writing Sales Copy. I’m on the second week of the class. The first week of their classes are always devoted to history…