New Short Story: “How to Steal Copper Wire”

A few years ago, a news article caught my attention. An epidemic was sweeping the nation — copper wire theft. People were stealing wire from streetlights and utilities and many of them were getting killed by electrocution in the process. I remember thinking it was a strange kind of crime. Not long after, I sawContinue reading “New Short Story: “How to Steal Copper Wire””

The Secret of the Masters

For regular readers of this blog, what I’m about to write is going to seem strange. Last week, I wrote about not feeling qualified to give writing advice. Today, I’m going to give some writing advice. Let’s roll with it. How do you get to be really good at something? Not just average; more thanContinue reading “The Secret of the Masters”

Let Your Characters Speak for Themselves

Some writers are afraid of dialogue. I used to be one of them. I would write page after page of brilliant narrative — crisp details and settings so real you could smell the ponderosa pine sap on the thin mountain air — without a single line of dialogue. I was terrified to let my charactersContinue reading “Let Your Characters Speak for Themselves”