Story Study: The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Today’s Story Study is all about my second fantasy favorite as a kid! ~ My first encounter: As with the early Harry Potter films (based on J. K. Rowling’s series), the 2000s movie adaptation of C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe revealed a world of wonder and fantasy that captivated me … Continue reading Story Study: The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Story Study: The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

To begin my series of Story Studies, I turn to one of the most beloved book series of the past couple of decades and one of the earliest fantasy works I encountered as a child. ~ My first encounter: My exposure to J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was gradual. I did see the movies … Continue reading Story Study: The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Happy Third Birthday, Our Company of Fools

Three years ago on this very day, I completed the first draft of Our Company of Fools, my 7th full draft to finish. It is the book I never counted on, my accident novel. I spontaneously started writing it in the airport as I waited to leave a writer’s workshop, and after some minimal plotting, … Continue reading Happy Third Birthday, Our Company of Fools

On the One Year Adventure Novel Winter Workshop 2019

Last week, I returned from the One Year Adventure Novel Winter Workshop (OYAN WW). This week-long retreat-like workshop for adults who went through the OYAN curriculum usually serves as a time of refreshment for me, and my experience this year, my third time to attend, wasn’t much different. I left feeling encouraged, empowered, and inspired … Continue reading On the One Year Adventure Novel Winter Workshop 2019

The Art of Receiving Critique

Let’s be honest, getting feedback on your writing is sometimes the worst. Or maybe you haven’t experienced that feeling yet because the dread of receiving a critique keeps you from sharing your precious baby story. In either case, at times, we writers (especially newer ones) tend to fear, avoid, or even resent critiques. Critiques are … Continue reading The Art of Receiving Critique