Wednesday 24th January 2018,
Bird On The Wire

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Going Deep

You’ve determined who your main characters will be as well as their relationships to one another. Now is the time to go deeper into these characters. You’ll do this by creating a biography of each one of them. By “biography” I [...]

October 14, 2014 How To Self-Publish Your Novel

What’s The Story?

Okay, so you have your main characters.  Now, what do they do? What is the plot of your story? I mentioned in a previous post that you have to decide what your main character wants and that that is the [...]

July 22, 2014 How To Self-Publish Your Novel

The Other Characters, part 2

We’ve been talking about story consultant Christopher Vogler’s explanation of the archetypical character types who appear in most great fiction, from The Odyssey to Star Wars, in order to help you to decide which supporting characters you need to create [...]

July 8, 2014 How To Self-Publish Your Novel

The Other Characters

So, you know now who your Protagonist and Antagonist will be and what their relationship is to one another. Who else will be in your story? Who are the members of your supporting cast? I refer you here to an [...]

June 24, 2014 How To Self-Publish Your Novel

Who’s in Your Story?

When I was a student at CAL, I lived in a boarding house, actually an old Maybeck-designed house. I knew that this historic house, as well as its inhabitants, would be central to the story I was going to write. [...]

December 2, 2013 How To Self-Publish Your Novel

Write the Story You Have to Tell

What story are you dying to tell? What story consumes you? Maybe something happened in your past that you’ve been wanting, for years, to turn into a great yarn  — a love affair, a troubled childhood, the death of someone [...]

December 2, 2013 How To Self-Publish Your Novel

How I Got Started Writing

Whether you’ve already written your novel or are just getting started, you may feel daunted by the prospect of actually getting your book published – most writers do. It is very difficult these days to find an agent who will [...]

July 22, 2013 How To Self-Publish Your Novel

We’re Heating Up

  Nearly 98 percent of climate scientists agree that the earth is heating up, and it’s a fact that’s hard to dispute when, in 2012, we experienced the hottest year on record! But our hot year didn’t come from out [...]

January 10, 2013 Saving Our World

How to Face the Horror

The shootings in Connecticut have made us all feel like we’ve been punched in the stomach.  So many issues come up at times like these –- Why are we going through this again? Why in an idyllic little town? Will [...]

December 20, 2012 Managing Your Fear


In a small, family-owned restaurant in Hilo on a rainy night, we decide on the Bananas Flambe with Macnut Ice Cream for dessert (to share, of course). The waiter arrives, pours brandy over the concoction, and lights it on fire. [...]

November 21, 2012 Hawaii, Places