Category Archives: Writing

Into (and in) No Plot? No Problem! Again

The newest (Revised, Updated, and Expanded) version of Chris Baty’s wonderful book, No Plot? No Problem! has just been published. And I’m in it — again. How cool is that! Twelve years ago I participated in my first NaNoWriMo. That … Continue reading

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My Interview on WLT’s Blog

I was honored to be interviewed recently by the nice folks at Scribe, the Writers’ League of Texas’ blog, for their Meet the Members segment. It posted today. Head on over to their blog to read the interview. http://writersleagueoftexas.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/meet-the-members-19/ If … Continue reading

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What I’m Working on Right Now

A couple of weeks ago, a question was asked at the Fiction Writers and Editors Group at LinkedIn. It was simply, “What are you working on?” After I had responded, along with a hundred or so other writers, it occurred … Continue reading

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A Writing Space of My Own

After Minay and I got married in 1982 — yes, it’s been over thirty years, and she hasn’t killed me yet — I made sure I had an area to write in. Sometimes it was makeshift, like the corner in … Continue reading

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Writing Retreats

I’ve been to two writing retreats in the last six months, and they were both wonderful (and an extremely rare experience for me). I don’t know what your writing situation is like, but let me tell you a little bit … Continue reading

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Getting Unstuck From the Dreaded Writer’s Block

You’re facing the blank page, and nothing’s happening (either in your mind or with your fingers). No words are appearing on the screen (I almost said “on the page,” but my tech-geek gene stopped me). Writer’s block has arrived. Or … Continue reading

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Opening Lines

Much has been written about how to do an opening scene in a novel. Just Google the phrase — “opening scene” novel — and you’ll see about a half-million hits on the subject (some more relevant than others, of course). … Continue reading

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Painting the Caves as Writers

A few days ago, my wife, Minay, and I took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cave Paintings of Lascaux exhibit that’s running at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It will be here in Houston through March 23, 2014. It … Continue reading

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Maintaining Creative Energy

I’ve been involved in creative fields most of my life (actor, deejay, voice work, photography, graphic design, etc.), so I understand how much work goes into the product before the public gets to see it. Rehearsing for a play is … Continue reading

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Allegedly About the Words ‘Alleged’ and ‘Allegedly’

Let’s take a break from If a Butterfly stuff for a bit. I have a few pet peeves regarding language. Misuse of the word “allegedly” is one of them. If you pay attention to news broadcasts, you have probably noticed … Continue reading

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