6:15 am: An old man walks through the parking lot absentmindedly. A young man almost runs him over while backing up his white, shiny BMW. Nobody is hurt. 6:38 am: Don't know if she's his girlfriend or his wife, but she yells at him for a long time. He listens, maybe? He hardly says a word. They head out. He acts like she doesn't matter - checking … Continue reading Starbucks, Kam Shopping Center, on a Saturday morning
While I realize that fidgeting is a big help for students with ADD/ADHD, fidget spinners are invading my classroom and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Are they helping students to focus, or causing a distraction? Initially I thought the former, but now, I'm not so sure. The main reason is this: fidget spinners are … Continue reading Fidget Spinners
After unsuccessfully trying to see Logan three times, at long last the fourth try worked out. The persistence was worth it. Besides the bloodiness and the swearing (a lot of it), I loved the movie. Here are my thoughts on the story (from irritating to good): Plot: the plot was pretty predictable, but met my expectations … Continue reading Logan
This is what scenes in a novel consist of: goals that are beyond the capacity of the character. The character wants something, a major obstacle stands in the way, the character attempts to overcome. Life can be the same way: we want something, obstacles are in the way, we attempt to overcome obstacles. But sometimes the obstacles … Continue reading When your goals are greater than your capacity
After a previous video I made, three benefits to pursuing your dream, several people asked, "what if you don't have a dream?" and "how can you figure out what your dream is?" Here are some thoughts I have on those questions: 1) Maybe you don't have your full dream or vision, but do you have … Continue reading How to figure out what your dream is…
Some writing advice blogs suggest finding picture of what you think your characters look like; therefore, I've been having a little bit of fun with this.
I like to write in the morning, before reality - sets in. I like to write in the morning, before I recall what - logically, probably, certainly - ain't happenin' I like to write in the morning, when they day is - still untouched. Then, anything is possible, And any dream's attainable. I like to write … Continue reading Why I like to write in the morning
Here are some ideas on how to begin writing your novel. In this video, I focus on outlining, the hook, inciting incident, first plot point, first pinch point, midpoint, second pinch point, second plot point and climax. Also, you might want to check out James Patterson's "Master Class" and Ellen Brock, freelance editor.
Often, it's tempting to disconnect from the world of people. After all, aren't certain social interactions super challenging? Or, am I the only one? There are those friends and family, however, who manage to tread lightly and inspire: these life givers tug me along in more ways than they can imagine. One of them is … Continue reading Friends who inspire