Think back as far as you can possibly remember. All the way back to your very first memory. I bet it’s somewhat unusual. At least for a child. According to science, our brains don’t keep what’s mundane. It keeps the stuff that’s surprising and unusual. We tend to forget all the ordinary days and we […]

Stories of slavery as told by ex-slaves

I wrote a brief article over on LinkedIn about the Slave Narratives in the Library of Congress and available online. My post is titled, A Treasure on the Web: Stories of Slavery as Told by Ex-Slaves. It’s fascinating history stuff; I hope you’ll check it out… A Treasure on the Web: Stories of Slavery as Told […]

Writing prompt Prompt by Cameron Graham, Oct 25 2017, Writing Prompts Group, Facebook The loneliness was crushing. For six weeks, since the fever had taken her, there had been no one to talk to. The walls would not reply; the looming trees around the cabin had nothing to say; the winds only whipped his words away. Why […]

A list of quotes for writers – most often from writers, most often inspiring. The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written. Joyce Carol Oates Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Some Asian dude on Chef’s […]

Aliases ACTION SCENE AND REACTION SCENE Context Whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, you need to carry your reader through your story with a purposeful progression of logically connected events leading to the resolution of a climax. How can you advance through your scenes in a way that creates a somewhat steady and consistent […]

My sister tried to kill herself. Or, at least, I think she did. I was eleven years old. I don’t remember much about it; it was a long time ago – kind of a blur at this point. The thing that sticks out is all the little pink hearts – speed pills. She’d swallowed a […]

Last night, I did something I haven’t done in a long time. I went to bed without my laptop or smart phone. Once in the bed, I did not so much as peek at either screen. I didn’t even set an audiobook or podcast to playing as usual. I just laid there in the dark […]

Recently, I created a story structure diagram to help me visualize and plan as I work on a novel. There are plenty of story structure diagrams on the web, but I wanted graphic of my own so that I could use layers to overlay my own elements (character arcs, major events, and what-not). LEGEND: Acts, Periods, Events, Points Details […]

I don’t think I was older than seven when I saw a dead body for the first time, but they’d been common in my imagination up to that day. I saw them mostly around water – on the banks of creeks, half buried in mud, and with all the color drowned from their eyes. I […]

There was a time when the concept of Work/Life Balance was good, but it’s starting to sound like corporate HR bullshit now. The concept was invented to help address new conflicts that rose when technology blurred the boundaries of the traditional workday and workplace. And that’s all well and good, but there’s a flip-side to it that […]