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Why There Can’t be Another Harry Potter

Why There Can’t be Another Harry Potter

(Or at least there can’t be another Harry Potter within the current publishing infrastructure.) Not too long ago, I had lunch with a gentleman who played a significant role in the commercial success of Harry Potter while serving as an informal advisor to Scholastic. His was and is a fascinating story. With the changes that…

Pirate Authors are Better Humans

Pirate Authors are Better Humans

Living life is messy. You’ve probably noticed, people are effed up. The good news? If you’re willing to get messy, connecting with people ain’t that hard. StoryShop has come forward with a call to action called #JoinTheStory that essentially challenges all of us to take back our narratives and openly explore each others’ narratives. In…

The Pirate Author Defined

The Pirate Author Defined

Pirate Publishing takes our narratives back from the Information Dealers who profit on human fear and hatred and calls pirate authors to #jointhestory.

Recipe

Recipe

Decorate with dashes of color, sparkles and swirls of wit, insight, and sweeps of emotion.

7 of Pentacles

7 of Pentacles

Harvest-time is near, yet still they seed and plant…

The Zero And The One

The Zero And The One

If you’re of a certain age, you’ve probably had a Disparaging SomeOne at school, intending to hurt, call you a Zero…

Scene Structure: Proactive and Reactive

Scene Structure: Proactive and Reactive

Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash Unless you’re working on microfiction, flash fiction, or very short stories, your plots will almost always require you to write multiple scenes. When I say ‘scene’, I’m talking about a specific segment of a larger story that contains its own miniature story arc. Scenes can flow one into the other or be…

Collaboration: No one Writes in a Vacuum

Collaboration: No one Writes in a Vacuum

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash Maybe you live alone in a log cabin atop the Bighorn Mountains in snowy Montana. You use an old Smith-Corona Classic 12 typewriter to bang out the great American novel, slip your pages into an envelope, and saddle up the horse for the forty-mile trek to the nearest post office to send…

Sentence Differentiation

Sentence Differentiation

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash I live in the heart of a medieval Dutch city and everything in my neighborhood is made of bricks: the cathedrals and cafes, the old houses and the new houses, the streets, parking lots, bike paths, garden walls. Everything. But if you’re picturing some red-brown dystopia of uniform cubic edifices—like a city…