The Craft of Writing

Save the Cat: The Opening Image

One thing I have always struggled with is how on earth to write a good opening. I’ve spent years reading and analyzing stories and still struggled to understand exactly what made the opening of a book a good one.  Enter Save the Cat! Writes a Novel aka my new best friend. The book somehow puts… Continue reading Save the Cat: The Opening Image

The Craft of Writing

Save the Cat Chapter One: The Hero

So, we are only several months delayed, and I’m not going to be able to do these posts as quickly as I had hoped, but we are finally ready to discuss Save the Cat! Writes a Novel.  The first chapter of Save the Cat! is about finding yourself a story-worthy hero. I can’t share all… Continue reading Save the Cat Chapter One: The Hero

Books I am Writing, The Road to Christmas

Writing As Improvisation

When I agreed to co-write this book with Allie, I’ll admit I was extremely nervous. I had checked out her stories so I knew she could write, and we'd talked a bit so I knew she was nice, but we had “known” each other for all of fifteen minutes when we started drafting the story.… Continue reading Writing As Improvisation

Books I am Writing, The Road to Christmas

How We Created Characters

Once we had the very skeleton plot organized, Allie and I moved into creating our two main characters. This is where things got tricky because we worked by consensus. What I mean by that is if we didn’t agree on something, we kept looking until we found something that we did agree on. We work… Continue reading How We Created Characters