Let’s Write A Bad Poem

I hand this little writing exercise out when I have a substitute and have to be out of the classroom.  It is a fun writing exercise that makes students think about how they structure their writing and reviews some of the finer points of style. Everyone can write poetry.  There is no secret or tricks,Continue reading “Let’s Write A Bad Poem”

Research and the Period Novel

I spent the better part of six months researching biblical end-times scenarios, possible ways that the world could fall apart geopolitically, super-viruses, and another six months outlining my novel to incorporate all of that knowledge.  One of the biggest problems that period novels have is when the research takes over the novel entirely. For example,Continue reading “Research and the Period Novel”

Labor Day Means Writing

I am a high school English teacher by trade and a writer of novels in my spare time.  School started two weeks ago and my spare time has dropped to a spare minimum.  I have been writing steadily on Book 2: The U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and am nearing the end of the narrative, but becauseContinue reading “Labor Day Means Writing”

Aeon Timeline: Outlining Made Easy

I broke down and bought Aeon Timeline.  It was $39.99 in the AppStore, but so far it has been worth every penny.  Even though there is currently not a Windows version, I have found the program to be probably one of the greatest tools for planning out multiple story arcs, keeping track of character relationshipsContinue reading “Aeon Timeline: Outlining Made Easy”

Writing Faux Pas: Lazy Usage

As an English teacher I have seen it all, it seems.  Over the course of nearly 15 years of teaching, I have seen many mistakes and have corrected my fair share of lazy usage.  Unfortunately students often write like they speak or use texting language on everyday writing assignments. The following are some of theContinue reading “Writing Faux Pas: Lazy Usage”

Writing Exercise: Describing With Color

Writing exercises are essential for a writer.  It’s like getting up in the morning and doing pushups for your brain.  Today’s writing exercise is very simple, but will help the writer to learn that colors are used by our culture to describe all manner of details in a text. Step 1: On a piece ofContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Describing With Color”

I Am Interviewed by Collective Compositions

I was blessed to be interviewed for a second time by another blog.  This time I was interviewed by Collective Compositions, a blog about writing, art and culture.  Her questions were very thought provoking and I hope my answers were of the same caliber.