Rethinking Stories

Would it be too late to completely re-write Bottom of the Garden? That's a stupid question, I know. How could it be too late to re-write a story I haven't even finished writing? But here's my thinking (warning: if you know nothing about the plot of this story, none of this is going to make any… Continue reading Rethinking Stories

Fairytales, Musing, Plot


Having spent the week revising my prologue and first chapter (since I didn't have the weekend, I figured I could take the slightly shorter route this week; new chapter next time), I've come to one major conclusion: Mythologies are hard to invent. I mean, the thing about mythologies is that they reflect the cultures they… Continue reading Mythology

Characters, Plot, Questions, Rant, Theme

Thesis Statement

In keeping with last week's theme of "questions writers hear a lot," I have a new one I'd like to address. It's one that I've been getting a lot lately, especially with yesterday's Easter gathering, where various family members all wanted to know the same thing: What is your novel about? To the average person,… Continue reading Thesis Statement

Characters, Habits, Plot, Questions, Rant, Theme, Uncategorized

Idea Genesis: Ultimately Unimportant

In ancient Greece, genius was thought to exist outside of the body, in the form of a daemon or muse who supplied inspiration for whatever human happened to be attached to them. This was a lovely theory, because it made it easy for writers to answer the question, "Where do you get your ideas?" But… Continue reading Idea Genesis: Ultimately Unimportant