Dead Friends: Tagline

I’ve been playing around with tagline’s lately with work, using some advice I have heard to come up with some catchy descriptions. Here is what I am thinking for Dead Friends, my current work in progress…

Her friends were dead…

Lizzie was still alive…

They wanted to correct that…

Killed by a curse-

Lizzies dead friends surround her…

She is still alive…

They died only because they knew her…

Now they want their revenge…

What are your houghts?

You’ll notice the break in the above. It is because it is written to look a certain way on Amazon upon publication. You can see how it would look by clicking here.

Throwback Thursday- Inside the Mirrors release

When my first book was released, it had a different cover. At the time, I was able to still make appearances at the Chicago Horror Film Festival and the Indy Horror Film Festival (now called Indie Horror Film Festival). This picture would have been at the CHFF festival that year, shortly after I had received the first batch of printed books.

I was still heavily playing off my associated with the festival at this time to help sell books. I had founded the festival, and had filmmakers from all over the world courting me, trying to get me to show their films. I had hoped some of that would play into me trying to sell my work.

On a side note to self-publishing authors out there who are publishing their first books. Don’t trust Microsoft Word for your editing. Hire and editor. There is a reason why this book was later re-released and that there are many reviews out there for how bad this book was edited. That is a dark mark that will always haunt this book as those reviews don’t go away.

Writer’s Rant: Dealing with ‘Scams’

I got a little hot earlier today when I read an article about publisher ‘scams.’ Here is my response and I am curious as to what your take on this is.


I think the term ‘scam’ is often over used in situations like this. Z Publishing has stated well intentioned goals and they’re right. In today’s publishing landscape, if you want to be found, it is best to be included in an anthology with other similar authors.

So I was all fired up to defend them as I run an independent publishing company and that is our intentions when we organize an anthology. However in further researching them, I think their approach to doing the anthologies is off. Having works featured regionally rather than by genre doesn’t sound like it is all that beneficial. At the same time, they’re asking for non-exclusive rights for publishing so it is not like they are stealing an authors work or preventing them from publishing elsewhere.

As to the argument that they are just in this for the money. The anthologies that I’ve published are lucky to break even on the money I personally put into them. This isn’t something that many do in a way to make money. When anthologies are put together like this, it is often due to a passion and desire to help other writers.

I come from an independent film background. You learn quickly in the indie world that if you want to make it, it is by working with others and building that community. You work on another persons film so that in the future they’ll work on yours. That’s not to say, if I put your story in one of my anthologies, that I’ll expect you to put my story in yours. No, what I am saying is that we build up a community of helping one another rather tearing other people down.

And as for the publishers that publish and ‘prey’ off the young…

Yes, the first time I was ever published was in one of these anthologies. I was young and didn’t know any better. So, am I upset that it was a ‘scam’ and that anyone could have been featured? No. I was young at the time, but at a time when I needed it, getting that first publication gave me the confidence to go on for bigger and better things. It kept me writing. It was worth it.

Be careful of what you call a scam, because you can do more harm than good. As long as it doesn’t cost to submit, and they don’t blatantly steal your work by putting they’re name on it, then leave it alone.


Here is a link to the original article.

Writing Advice: What it is to be a writer…

In my last post of 2017 I mentioned one of my resolutions as being to help authors find their voice. For the first writing tip of 2018 I want to start doing just that. So… what does that mean?

It’s a broad question and a hefty challenge and the obvious answer to finding a writers voice is to do just that… write. Write your heart out and put it into every word you write wether it be horror, comedy, sci-fi, or romance.

Let’s start by analyzing what it is to be a writer. I recently shared a meme that a writer is someone “capable of transforming caffeine into books.” Google’s definition of a writer is “a person who writes books, stories, or articles as a job or regular occupation.”

So what is your definition? Think about what does being a writer mean to you? Are your writing because your under the illusion that you’ll be rich and famous? You should know that the modern writers average gross income is less than what it would cost to by a used car.

Writer’s write. That should always come second. To be a great writer, you must first start by reading. Read and read a lot. Don’t steal, but writers write with various voices and even the same writers’s voice will change depending on what you are writing or reading.

I reference Stephen King a lot in my advice, but that largely is because I write mainly horror and he writes a lot of it. His voice influences a lot of my work. King has said, “stylistic copying recurs, always when the writer encounters some new and wonderful mode of expression that shows him a new way of seeing and saying.” He refers to how often it can happen especially in a new writers development and helps as they find their own.

I refer to this so that as you write and develop your own voice, you also take time and experiment, experience and play with your stories…

Getting back to the point, and to bring in this new year, I want you to think about writing as a writer. Write and enjoy. Let the words flow and get the story out. Give birth to those ideas spinning around in your head and send them out into the world.

Writing Advice: Dealing with Technology

Last week, I write a blog on the intricacies of being a writing while dealing with a busy, chaotic life. As promised, I am following up that blog with this one where I go into some detail with the technology that I use. Since the cornerstone of last weeks piece was on using your phone as it is the one device you always have with you, this week we will go into some of the apps that helps to facilitate this practice.

The three that I know of immediately and are designed to write in as word processors are Microsoft Word (IOS/Mac and Android/PC compatible), Apple’s Pages (IOS/Mac compatible but offers a web interface), and Google Docs (IOS/Mac and Android/PC compatible). As I am not as familiar with the latest version of Google Docs, I am using the IOS Docs app to write this blog.

There was are apps to try, some specifically meant for writing and some are just feature rich note apps. I tend to stay away from these for a few reasons, the first of which is that with any app developed and uses a cloud platform you must always be aware of security. Be mindful of who can see your data. If a smaller company is offering a free app that allows for cloud sync, How is that company making money to support that app? If the app isn’t the product that makes the company money, then you and your data become the product. Secondly, if the app isn’t making any money, then what happens when the app gets shut down or turned off? All your data could be lost. Third, before you start using any app, look into how you are going to export your data? What I mean is, after writing your novel, How are you going to get it out of the app and into a print ready format? It would really suck to get done writing your thousand word masterpiece and have to copy and paste it into another program. Especially since by doing so you would probably have lost all your formatting and will have to go back through re-paragraphing the whole thing.

So that being said, I will now focus on the big 3, and l’ll be honest, Pages is my favorite by far. It is the reason that when I had switched away from an IPhone for a year, that I came back when my contract was up. Android has some great qualities, but I am first and foremost a writer and Pages works better than anything else I’ve used.

Since I mentioned my favorite, I will delve into my least favorite first. Google Docs…

My first issue with Google Docs came shortly after creating this document. You will probably not notice that there are no tabbed paragraphs as WordPress does not typically allow for them, but there are none in the original document as well. That is because Google does not allow for you to tab on your phone. I don’t know if the Android version is any different, but in the IOS version, all the ways that you are allowed to tab in Word and Pages are not available. I tried going deeper into the settings and what still not able to find any. That is a huge drawback, as it would mean that unless you are writing for an exclusive Kindle only release, you would have to re-paragraph everything in another program in preparation for print.

I will admit, that the cloud feature is nice. It instantly syncs from PC to App and back with very little delay, however, if there is no data connection, the App can get weird and sometimes not save work that has been done even once a connection is reestablished.

I do feel that Docs is a decent note taking application, but would not trust it for much more.

Then there is Microsoft Word…

This would be my first pick and favorite had I not had some issues with it in both past and present. It is a multi platform tool that is excellent to write in, has all the features a writer needs and saves into an industry recognized file format used by everyone. Even if you write in another application, at some point you will probably need to bring it into word to put the final touches onto it. (Microsoft Word is not available on any Amazon Kindle devices)

So why not use it all the time? I don’t trust the ‘save.’ How Word handles saving documents is awkward sometimes and due to its handling I have lost whole chapters expecting something to be saved to the cloud but wasn’t there later. It does have ‘versioning’ which allows you to go back to different versions of a document later, but there are also glitches that have required me to save as a new document because Word was having some issue reconciling saved copies. This has also taken me down paths when I had to reopen a book I was writing and was not sure which copy was the latest and correct one.

Word with Onedrive tries to help with this. The autosave should keep your one document saved to the cloud and always up to date, however I have had the same issues still present themselves as previously mentioned.

Which brings me to Apple’s Pages and why I will use this as my first choice.

Pages is a simplified writing platform that hides most the features that make it comparable to Word until you need them (though they can be hard to find sometimes). It saves to the cloud and I have never had an issue with it auto saving. Documents are updated on all devices with very little delay. I can finish a sentence on my phone, walk over to my laptop and sit down and there is the file updated without me needing to reopen the file. To tab to start a new paragraph, I do have to hold down on the screen until the ‘right click’ menu pops up and I choose Insert>Tab, but that is only a minor inconvenience that is easy to get used to.

The downsides of Pages is that it is IOS and Mac only. If you are on Android and PC you have to use the web versions of these programs. The web version is okay, but can have a delay if the connection is bad. Plus you would have to have an ICloud account to use the service, though I do believe anyone can set one up so that you can still use the service.

For any questions, or suggestions, please comment.

If you have your own particular favorite, I would love to know about it as I love playing around and trying new apps. The only one I am against is Scrivener due in part to it being overpriced when their are comparable programs.


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Writing Advice: Dealing with Life

There are many problems that come with being a writer and the largest obstacle that I find is life. Unless your work is in high demand, being a writer usually means working a day job and then finding time to sneak in writing while also balancing a social life. If you have kids, then this is an additional obstacle to overcome. Okay, I will never consider my kid(s) to be an obstacle to overcome, but you understand when I say that they do require much of your time.

So how do we get past these barriers? Well, the hardest part of giving any advice is that there will never be a one size that fits all. Meaning, any advice that I give will be different than what works for you. That still doesn’t stop it from being an alternative for you to consider and possibly even adapt into your own writing life. In fact, the current tip I am going to off comes from a variation off of one given by the master himself, Stephen King.

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” – Stephen King

King has often mentioned on how he keeps books with him so that whenever he has downtime or is left waiting somewhere, he pulls out the book and reads. King is an avid reader, as am I, but I read mostly through audiobooks while I’m driving. I love to read, and it’s why I do the day job that I do as it affords me a lot of time to listen to audiobooks. It also gives me a lot of time to write, even if I’m writing outside the box.

See, I write on my phone. This right now is currently being typed on my phone. My current novel that I have completed 71,000 words has nearly all been written on my phone.

If you ask Chase Jarvis, world renowned photographer, he would tell you the best camera you have is the one you have on you. That was even the title to his book which features many photos taken from his IPhone.

So, I am saying the best device you have to write on is the one you always have with you. I use Apple Pages only because I’ve had issues with Microsoft Word and they’re save synchronization, but it is still a great writing program. No matter what writing you do, I would recommend something with an automated cloud back up. All of this, so that when you want to write, you can on the device you have at the ready.

Learning to write on your phone is not the only trick to being a writer with a very busy life. Not only that, it does take practice and a lot of patience. Autocorrect can be your best friend but it can also be your worst enemy. You have to watch what you right, not only the current word, but sometimes the whole sentence because with ‘new’ and ‘better’ features, autocorrect will now also fix other words than the one you just typed.

It is partially because of autocorrect issues, but also because the inherent issue of writing with limited time restrains that teaches use to write in smaller segments. When your life is busy and chaotic, it is hard to find a long enough time period to just sit down and write out 1,500 to 5,000 words a day. That baby needs to be fed, or someone at work needs you to do a task, but whatever the distraction is, it always seems to be constant.

So my next suggestion for writing with a busy life is to not get caught up in writing all at once. It may be hard, especially when your not used to it and it can be very frustrating, but getting used to writing small segments allows for writing on the go. There are times when I get to write one to two paragraphs here and then later return to write another two paragraphs. This paragraph you are reading right now, I started it this morning. Then I had to run and get medicine for my sick boy and go to work. I’m not returning to it after being at work for a few hours and getting a chance to take a break. By not just worrying about getting one stretch to do all my writing, I’m able to continue to work on my latest story/novel/blog whenever I am able to find the time to add a sentence or two.

So to summarize…

If you are writer dealing with a chaotic life, write when you can. Don’t get caught up in trying to reach your goals all at once as often the time to do so just isn’t there. Also, write on what you can, when you can. Use what is available. If you just have a pad of paper with you or even a tape recorder, use what you are comfortable with to write what you can. Focus on the minutes of the days, not the hours to get in that sentence or two.

Next week, I plan to cover in more detail some of the apps and tech that I use. If you have any suggestions or would like me to approach a particular topic, please leave a comment.

Until next time, write on!

Writing Advice: Birth of an Idea

So…Where do ideas come from? I get asked this a lot and I don’t have to read too many interviews with other authors to know that it is the one single most often asked question. Everyone always wants to know, and I can understand why. Not only does it give you insight into the mind of another author, and they would like the insight. Many others ask just because they want the simple answer of where such tales come from as they can’t grasp it themselves.

First off, I should get past one very large misconception about writers, ideas, and their characters. Just because a writer puts words on paper about a twisted psychopath who goes around carving up victims, it does not mean he himself would ever do such a thing. Plots, ideas for plots, and characters are not a manifestation of an authors hidden deep desires. If so, Stephen King has some serious issues and would have long since put in prison if he was to ever act on many of his stories. There are some seriously sick and twisted people out there and while they may reference a certain authors work for things that they do, the people were sick and twisted all their own.

Now that I got that off my chest, back to the topic…

 So, where do they come from?

An idea can come from many places and from anywhere. Stories are all around us, you just need to look, see, react, and then put words down. Oh, and if your story sounds like that movie you just saw, or some book someone tells you about after you already started, don’t worry. The first thing to get over with when coming up with any idea is, and here comes the blasphemy, there are no original ideas anymore. Think of Hollywood with all the remakes. There are reasons why the same old stories are always retold. Because when you break it down to basics, they have all been done.Remember, the basic stories when they are broken down, are; man vs. society, man vs nature, man vs. man, and man vs himself. There you go, the four story types (I have to fight the sci/fi fan in me that want’s to add man vs. machine but that really does fall under man vs. nature). Everything you can write will fall into the big four categories.

So if everything has been written, why write? Well,…that shouldn’t be the question you are asking yourself. If the desire to write is there, then the questions “why write?” should never come up. Get past that, you want to write, it is in your blood. You just need to get past the stumbling blocks that you put in your own way. Don’t ask why write, but instead focus on, okay, then what should I write? Get back to that question and here’s why.

Just because it is nearly impossible to have a truly original idea, don’t stress and instead create an interesting story that pulls you in. Create characters that you like and want to hang out with every day. Build a story line that is unique to you. By doing that, you will have just taken that story that has been done a thousand times and not only made it your own, but you have put your own spin on it enough that it is in its own way, original.

 So now how do we find our non-original, original idea…?

This is where life comes in. I find that the best way to write is to look at the world around you, find a situation you want to write about, think about how you can create a character that will suit the situation, and go. Now, I also feel that because I write horror, this is a little easier, but we will look at the way I am about to describe in two ways, one to come up with a horror idea for it, but then also look to see how we can develop it into a romance. Please, be gentle…and let the sexual innuendo begin.

So look at life. That is step one. Step two, ask questions. This doesn’t mean to go around and attack everyone with questions. Ask questions to yourself about the life that is around you.


Step one, look around at life. Just the other day while I was at the coffee shop writing my next novel, an artist was there hanging up some of her work. A piece she hung was a wood carving of a Ouija board that had a woman’s face engraved into it. My first reaction was how beautiful the piece was, but my second was, I started to ask myself some questions.

My first question, who is this a picture of? Then the filmmaker in me asked, well did she pose for it, was the face done from memory, and did she get the release signed for it, did a model pose for the picture? Then my questions grew dark, what if she didn’t pose. What if this is a picture of someone who had upset the artist and she drew her out of spite. It’s a Ouija board, what if when she carved the board, it pulled the woman’s soul into the board and now she was trapped in there. How would the woman ever get out, what had the woman done to upset the artist so? What if the artist did it to other people, and what if she did it to me? If I used the board as a Ouija board would I communicate with the person whose would was trapped…

See where the story developed. I started with just seeing an excellent piece of art being placed on the wall, and within minutes a story had developed. Now, let’s try to do a romantic comedy about this piece.

We start again with the piece of art. It is a woman’s face. So who was the artist and was the artist in love with the subject and was it done out of an interest? Did the artist start with just hiring posing subjects and the. As this woman was posing he started talking to her. He’s nervous around woman maybe so he has a hard time talking to her. Maybe he’s autistic so he is awkward. She finds it of putting and is initially thrown off. She leaves but then later she sees the peace and the beauty. Maybe she goes back to him and …

Okay, I don’t write romance, but see how we started off with just a situation, asked a few questions and the story just quickly developed.

Let’s look at another situation that can related to recently and was the inspiration for my short story, “Black Friday.” This seems like it is such ripe pickings for a story and I am surprised there are not more of them out there. Let me start by painting the scene.

I had been working in retail and of course, I had to be at the story early in the morning for black friday to be there before the store opened. I arrived an hour early largely because I had been coming back from out of town and just went straight to the store rather than going home, sleeping for a half hour and then going. I was tired. I myself felt like a zombie, but when I arrived to the store, that was nothing compared to the people I saw lined up outside of the store.

And since I was there early and no one could see my work uniform under the many layers of coats, I got out and mingled with the shoppers. I found out some had only just arrived, but many of them had been there all night. Interesting…

Later, once I got into the store and we prepared for the people to come in, I saw it from the other perspective. Here we were on the inside of a well fortified building and we were preparing for a war. It was almost like we were getting ready for a riot with how we planned for the crowd control. The whole situation was very…horror movie like with how we were preparing for an attack. And what was going to attack us, they were only shoppers. The people we helped every day, so what was there to be afraid of?

But what if the people were zombies. They had been so tired, I was tired. What if it was zombies out there and when we opened those doors, pulled down the large black plastic we had put up so people couldn’t see inside, we would be attacked by zombies rushing the store. How would we know? How could we tell if they were zombies before we opened? The people I had mingled with had been near zombie like before, how would anyone tell the difference from then and now?

Life is the greatest inspiration for art. Look around and you will find many different things to write about. It should never be a question of where ideas come from. The question is alway show to tell them and finding the right character to carry the tale.

A friend recently reminded me of one of my first short stories. It was a simple story about a boy who commits suicide and the story is told within the form of a suicide note. I learned not to write in this fashion while you are still a student in high school as you stop asking questions and you will suddenly find yourself being asked a bunch of questions. It was not a fun experience, but I do remember some of the elements of how that story came about.

The story was developed another way. It came from a concept. Part of the concept was I wanted to write this sad story about a kid in the form of a suicide note, but I also wanted to play on other elements such as teenage drunk driving. I wanted to really paint this dire situation, really get a person to get to know the character and write it in a first person. The main focus in this story was I had a character I wanted the people to meet and then put him in a situation.

We will talk about more of that style in a later blog as we go into further details on building characters. The reason why I mention it is sometimes, the story comes with the character first. Sometimes the story is the character, and you find situations to build around him.

Remember, stories are everywhere.

Writing Advice: Dealing with Doubt

When I finished my third book, I was proud of it.  It had taken me a while to write it, but in the end it was the book I had wanted to write.  I felt redeemed in my choices when it had the best reception from any of my previous books. Then I started writing my latest novel, and the doubt kicked it.  

For all the success that “Caught in the Web” has had and all the praise, it has actually made me doubt myself and my writing more than I had ever before.  My first draft, I ruined the ending because I pulled back from the direction I had always planned on.  There were/are aspects that I was so unsure of that I wrote some alternative versions of chapters and sections as I just wasn’t sure anymore what was scary, what would scare my readers.  After three books where I have had consistent reviews on my ability to terrify and create nightmares, for the first time I doubted if I could do that again.

So how do we get past that?   How do you as a writer, work through your doubt to keep writing? 

For starters, don’t get rid of the doubt, and continue to write.  Sometimes it is good to doubt and question.  While I doubted my writing, I kept going no matter how much I wasn’t sure of myself.  The key was just that, to keep writing.  Even if I doubted if what I was writing was any good, I still continued on.

The key to continuing to write is to also be patient.  Keep writing because you can still go back and read it later.  Keep writing because your first draft is not the end product.  Keep writing because no matter what you put down on paper, even in the doubt, you might push yourself to write something that you would have before.  Because I was doubting myself, I paid more attention to my writing style and analyzed it.  It is also because of my doubt over the course of writing my latest novel that I decided not to rush as much as I had in my previous novel and because of that, I have come across some new ideas that work great with my original ending.Sometimes doubting ones self is not a path to destruction as long as you do not let doubt rule you.  When you come to a point of complete indecision due to doubt, then you have moved into an unhealthy area. 

So how do we move past completely indecisive doubt?  This can be hard and for everyone it will always be different.  The best advice I can give is to find either someone or a group that you know and trust.  Work in the group to bounce ideas off of.  Find beta readers to get feedback, and not just people who are going to say “it’s great” to everything you write.  If you have an editor that you trust who is will to read your work, get with them, see how they feel. 

But keep writing .  Always keep writing.  If you are having doubt about a particular work, then write a short story or work on another project.  The best thing though is to always keep writing because writing, just like exercising helps build ‘muscle.’  Though in the writers sense it is a mental muscle and should always be stretched and worked.

Writing Advice: Dealing with Writer’s Block

Writers Block. That dread pirate that all writers fear. Writers block is that annoying absence of words spewing forth to the page as a writer is trying to write. To a writer It can be more than a little annoying when they are not there. You are a writer, you want to be able to sit down and write. A writer dedicates their time to it and for some it may be that late night when the kids are put down to sleep and for others it may be that few minutes between work shifts or between classes. Whenever it is, when a writer wants to write, they expect and want the words to be there. It is almost like a race car driver preparing to race only to realize that their cars out of gas. They have all the tools, just don’t have to fuel to go.

Many writers fear writers block. They worry that they might not be able to ever writer again. As irrational as it may be, that does happen. Sometimes, writers will start to go back and edit what they have already written and then get lost in a cycle of not feeling good enough to continue and will just continue editing and rewriting in a loop. It doesn’t matter. Wether a writer fears the block or not, it does happen to all of us. Here is some of my advice on how to get past the writers block.

The largest piece of advice that I can offer is not to fear writers block. I would even say embrace it. Just because a writers is not writing, it dodge’s mean the story is not developing. I feel that some writer’s experience writer’s block because their subconscious is telling them that something isn’t working. That is not to say that what the writer is working on is bad. Just that what they are writing is not exciting them enough to continue or there is some element that is not clicking.

I find that when I hit a writer’s block and it is as I am preparing to start a new chapter, that if I just let it go for a while, an amazing idea might strike me. Sometimes just going to take a shower, or a walk, and I won’t actively be trying to brain storm on my latest book, that there will be that moment. Just an odd thought sometimes, and at first it won’t even seem like it would relate to the character I am working with. Still, that idea is there and it is festering, cultivating until the time is write and everything crashes together. Then it is a race to the computer to get that idea from my head to the keys as fast as possible.

The key to that method is having confidence that the idea will come, and the confidence in yourself that if you give it time, it will hit you and make whatever you had originally planned for the chapter much the better for waiting. Confidence, a dirty word amongst writers, but that is the key in nearly everything what we do. Wait for it, and have confidence that the idea will come. 

This has a similar quality to the advice above. Not in the fashion that all a writer needs to do is wait, but that sometimes just getting the writer’s mind away from where they are stuck, it can inspire them. If a writer finds that they are stuck in a certain area, maybe take a break from it and either write a short story, start another project or even work on another part of the book.

It can be hard for a writer to take a break from the project they are working on. They are caught up in the story, killing themselves to get the words down. They want to keep going at it and can be on an amazing streak. It may seem like the creativity is just continuing to come. Then they hit that wall and it seems like everything is blocked off.

If the writer doesn’t want to take a break, sometimes they will try to continue writing. This can be bad. The words are flowing, but it comes out stiff. It is rough, and in the end it something the writer is not happy with. I have had chapters that I have written and then regretted. The argument if of course, well you were still writing, but what I was writing was crap. I guess, it can be said in this argument that yes, later, I did go back and fix it. I still am not a fan of just keep writing as I have found the other methods to be better and a more productive use of my time.

So instead, it might have been better just to start writing something else. Maybe work on a short story that they have had kicking around. Or, if it is just that part that is sticking the writer, they could even choose to work on a later part, another chapter. If the writer has their project outlined out, maybe work on another chapter. I am not a big fan of this method. I feel the story should be written in order and kept organic, but there are writers out there that can do this. I am amazed at how well they can do it, but their novels are very different from what I write. Jack Campbell, a writer of one of my favorite sci/fi series “Beyond the Frontier” has said that he will often write his novels out of order. If you read his work, you can see why this works for him as his fiction is very episode like so it feels like a collection of moments that work together as an excellent cohesive story.

The key to all of these elements is that the writer is working on something else to distract them from where they are stuck. Yes, they kept writing, you, keep writing. That is what is important, not to get frustrated and to keep writing. I know there is that fear that you might not return to it and it is a justifiable fear. Many writers, when they take a break, they give up on their writing project. That is on you, the writer. You have to have the drive and commitment. If you don’t, then you were not going to finish the project and that taking the break is just the excuse you are using not to finish. All I can say is don’t. If you keep writing, write something else, a blog, whatever you want to write but keep writing. If you keep the words flowing, you will eventually return to that story. Inspiration will hit you, you may just be washing the dishes and it will hit you, well if the character was washing the dishes in that scene, that would make sense for that next event that you were waiting to happen, happen. Have faith in yourself. We all face it, it is how you tackle it that defines the writer you will be.

Then of course there is always the last ditch effort. Get frustrated, and start the segment with a long sequence of curse words. For anyone who has read my work, they can probably identify that chapter. Hey, it worked, and I made it work for the character, and it probably turned out to be one of my better comical moments in my work.

 – Originally posted in 2015