I am thrilled to introduce author, teacher, and mentor, Benjamin Dancer who is guest posting this month. His school coordinates with Lighthouse Writers Workshop to bring local authors into the classroom, and he's donating all April proceeds from his literary thriller PATRIARCH RUN to support that program. Please welcome Benjamin! I teach writing to high school students. But I don’t see myself as a high school teacher. My job, as I see it, is to mentor young people as they come of age. I’m an … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Benjamin Dancer
Archives for April 2014
Sometimes don't you wish you had Mr. Blue's self-image? Believe me, it's rock solid, never buffeted by negative reviews or words that get stuck in the head. Oh he might swap a paw at his brother, but underneath his swagger, he's lovable if always sure of himself. The two go together. Remember that when you sit down to write today. Photo: Who's The Fairest of Them All? … [Read more...] about Who’s the Fairest of Them All?
Has this ever happened to you? I'm about eighty-five percent finished with the first draft of the mystery I'm writing. I know how it ends, or at least I think I do, but I'm reluctant to finish. How come? Oh, I'll write my daily word count all right, but watch, it won't make a dent in where I'm at in the plot. Is this a form of writer's block? Anyway, here is the really, really rough, the place where I'm at: Two minutes ago I thought Arthur was a dead end. Maybe and maybe not. Why would he … [Read more...] about A Nasty Form of Writer’s Block
Today I found my magical pig. She was born in 1992 or thereabouts when I found her on Hudson Street in the Village. I thought I'd lost her, but today I was cleaning out a box that traveled with me from Manhattan to Brooklyn to New Jersey to Illinois—Go West, Old Woman, Go West—and there she was. Dusty but still smiling. If you look hard, you can see some of her pig’s-feet polish has been rubbed off, but no matter, now I can write the great American novel, or at least continue wording my … [Read more...] about My Magical Pig
This is Part 1 of a three-part series. It's a simple how to compile a smashing Microsoft Word document in Scrivener. The subsequent two parts deal with tweaking the Word document and how to compile a simple HTML-type TOC in Word for those of us who like our formatting easy-peasy. All of this is in preparation for uploading a pristine Word document to Smashwords. Here's my sad story. The first time I tried to upload a Word document to Smashwords, I failed miserably. No matter how hard I tried … [Read more...] about How To Compile A Smashing Doc in Scrivener – Pt I