Archive for the 'Novel Writing' Category

McDonald’s Archenemies: The Protagonist v Antagonist  The new McDonald’s commercial, Archenemies, is a great 60-second spot all aspiring writers should watch again and again. Why? They say a story is only as good as the battle going on between the protagonist and the antagonist. That’s the battle between the good guy and the bad guy. If […]

The Artist’s Way This morning I began something new. Morning Pages. They came at the behest of Julie Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, a book that’s been referred to multiple times now in the work I’m doing in the SMU Writer’s Path program. Morning Pages are simple. You wake up. You grab a […]

THE NEWSROOM Several of my friends posted on my Facebook wall Saturday p.m. about how distraught I must have been about Auburn losing to Texas A&M.  I really was not. Truth is, I didn’t even watch the game, and for that matter, haven’t sat beginning to end for an entire collegiate game all season. I’ve […]

The Writer’s Journey For much of my life I have been in love with writing. If you jump over to TraverseAdventures.com, you’ll see a reference to the window at 208 Fortress Street on what was KI Sawyer AFB, in Gwinn, Michigan. From that window of opportunity,  I would sit at my kidney bean desk and a children’s […]

The Road Taken Along The SMU Writer’s Path  The exciting thing about life is we really don’t know where we’re going to wind up next. Honestly, we can plan, we can arrange, we can have goals, and we can strive to get somewhere, but there are no guarantees and life and the Lord have this […]

The Myers Briggs Temperament For Character Development Sometime in 2013, I began reading and rereading Robert McKee‘s tome, STORY, to better understand what I was doing in helping authors get published, but now, I’m all into writing my own work. A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon two books that have gone beyond, well beyond, […]

My Myers Briggs is an ISFP, IXFJ, ESFJ and an INTJ  In my quest to write my first novel, not as a plot-first venture, but with a balanced character-first/plot-first approach, I came to read Jeff Gerke’s book Plot Versus Character. In the opening sections of his book, he says he stumbled upon David Keirsey’s book, […]

Writing A Novel: Loves Of Life Today’s exercise in the process of writing a novel is another notecard project. This time, the question requires you to probe deep inside to fond times in life. It should be a good exercise.  If you’re not in the process of writing, maybe this will help, too, in the […]

The past few weeks I’ve been covered up with notecards. I’ve not been doing this series of exercises as regular, having moved on to plotting, but these still are important. I also realized I’ve been saying 3″ x 5″ card when I’m really using blank 4″ x 6″ cards. They have more space obviously and […]

Writing A Novel: The 10 Best & Worst Things That Have Happened To Me Today is Friday, May 9, 2014 and things are wrapping up for the big Mother’s Day weekend here in America. So as we’re reflecting about life and the sacrifices Mom has made in your life, here’s today’s writing exercise. The recommendation […]




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