The Call to Adventure

The Call to Adventure

I’ve ignored it twice in my life. At least. Which is kind of a big deal. For those who don’t know, the Call to Adventure is the first stage of the Hero’s Journey as outlined by Joseph Campbell in his 1949 opus The Hero With a Thousand Faces. As with any...

The Science of Superpowers

Writers have a kind of superpower. We’re illusionists, of a sort. But where a magician invites your disbelief—indeed, taunts it from you with tricks—a writer conjures coherent fantasy from your mind, just as a laser emits coherent light. A story drafted with art...
My God, It’s Full of Stars!

My God, It’s Full of Stars!

Like most authors, I “stalk” reviewers on Amazon or Goodreads. I don’t care about them individually (so don’t worry), but I’m always interested to see how my stuff stacks up. What it’s taught me is that every person’s use of...
How I Do It

How I Do It

One of the fringe benefits, I guess, of serializing longer works in shorter chunks, is that I’ve iterated a lot the last couple years. In fact, I’m about to produce my eighth title in the last 24 months. It’s really taught me how I write. Not how TO write. But how I...

Kick Ass Moms

There’s a scene in just about every old sheriff-vs-outlaw Western where the hero has to leave his wife and child — usually the town schoolmarm, respectable and nurturing, and a son, the next generation hero who must learn a valuable lesson from his...