*** The following is a letter I have written in light of the recent events at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. I have emailed it to Board Chairwoman Mary Bauman and shared it on social media. Please share this with friends and family associated with Hope College and its mission. If you want to read more things like this, follow my writing here. Thank you! ***
Something happened this week. Something that hasn’t happened since I was 10.
I geeked out about space.
But I didn’t just get excited. I got emotional. I found myself wiping tears from my eyes at the sight of a big, cream-colored ball of ice. Perhaps you did, too. Continue reading Pluto: The Planet of Our Dreams
In November, I was worried.
The trailer for Jurassic World debuted and it looked like my beloved childhood franchise was up for a third round of sequel failure. I wrote an entire post about my misgivings.
And I’m so glad I was wrong. Continue reading What a Wonderful ‘Jurassic World’
Human beings are complicated creatures.
So are characters.
Yet the creation of great characters can be surprisingly simple.
Sure, you’ll eventually discover ways to layer your characters with depth and nuance. But as you plan and draft your story, you need to be laser-focused on these 3 simple and effective character traits to begin telling a powerful story. Continue reading 3 Secrets to Creating Great Characters
Writing useful content isn’t easy.
Whether you’re scheduling a week of tweets, composing a blog post, or assembling an entire eBook to give away for free on your website, you are probably like me and trying to make it as insanely useful as possible.
But it’s tough. Continue reading How to Focus and Create Insanely Useful Content
I’m writing my novel, Coffee Bar, for a lot of reasons.
And most of them are dead-wrong. Continue reading The Wrong Reasons to Write a Novel