In the New Year, Befriend Your Ego

Wrapping up the old year and bringing in the new, my monthly contribution to The Writers' Vineyard invites us to see the Ego as a source for drama in fiction... rather than real life. The Ego, after all, knows well how to create Drama. Conflict. Tension. Spectacle. These form the home turf of the Ego. … Continue reading In the New Year, Befriend Your Ego

Harvesting Words

Celebrating the turn of the season with thoughts on harvests of all sorts, on the Writers' Vineyard this month. It seems a natural human impulse to mark the changing cycles of the year with festivals and rituals that reinforce our sense of belonging to these cycles, or our wish to master them, or both. Afraid … Continue reading Harvesting Words

On the Writers’ Vineyard: Stories that humanize

Thoughts on how our stories can humanize in my contribution this month to the Writers' Vineyard: Even when tempted to shirk the dark, fiction writers can offer views of our emotions, thoughts, plans, dreams, fears, and hopes that help us all realize the essential truth that holds us together: We are all human. Read the whole … Continue reading On the Writers’ Vineyard: Stories that humanize

The Labor of Writing

My monthly contribution to The Writers' Vineyard falls one day before Labor Day. Well, what better excuse to muse about the whole idea of work? I'm not inclined to romanticize manual labor. (I'm pretty lazy, after all.) But one thing about growing food and building shelter - it's pretty clear when you've been successful, and … Continue reading The Labor of Writing