National Novel Writing Month is Here!

Maybe you’ve never heard of National Novel Writing Month. If you’re on Twitter, you’re probably seeing the #NaNoWriMo tag trending. Every November, millions of writers sign up to perform a seemingly simple task–write 50,000 words in 30 days or less. This year, I’m one of those writers! Day one got off to a slow but … [Read more…]

Writing Process Blog Tour

First off, a big thanks to S.J. Murray for tagging me in this tour. As always, I feel quite humbled at being asked to give writing advice. My hope and prayer is that somebody out there in blog land finds this helpful. You can follow S.J. on Twitter @SJ_Murray. Who am I? I decided I wanted … [Read more…]

The Magic Formula

We all want a magic formula for something. Finding love, making money, losing weight, curing depression—if people want it, there’s a self-help book out there offering a magical formula for success. Rarely does the advice in any of these books bring the things they promise to their readers, and when it does happen, it’s arguable that … [Read more…]

GIVEAWAY: Three Act What? Great Story Structure and Why You Need It

UPDATE: Twitter user Amber Crafton received her free copy of THREE ACT WHAT? today. If you’re a writer, be sure to follow S.J. Murray on Twitter and pick up your copy of THREE ACT WHAT? Aristotle described story structure as such, “A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.” As uninspiring as … [Read more…]

And the Winner Is…

The tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 26, 2013, I clicked on Facebook and saw these words: “And the winner is…” followed by… nothing. After being named a finalist in the 168 Film Project’s Write of Passage screenwriting competition, I had dreamed of seeing those four words followed by my name. I figured it was pretty much a … [Read more…]

Defining the Season

There are three words that have defined fall 2013 for me: Pumpkin Spice Latte. Not the Starbucks variety, though it’s very good in its own right and I do enjoy a venti pumpkin spice latte whenever I’m near a Starbucks, but I’m talking about the homemade variety. See, the closest Starbucks is nearly fifty miles … [Read more…]