*** 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’
Living the Writer Life has its struggles.
And dealing with Internet A.D.D. is one of them.
How many times have you seen a title like the one you just clicked? Seriously – How many times a day do you see a Facebook or Buzzfeed list catering to an interest group, itemizing the grief of such a lifestyle?
As writers, we have a duty. A mandate. A mantle of responsibility to tackle life’s problems with Story, not lists of “Struggles”.
And in this noisy, base world of Exclusion Lists, it’s only getting harder. Continue reading 22 Struggles Only A Writer Can Understand
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