Secrets to Success: Two Simple Steps

I have a question to propose. Why is someone who is twenty-four more successful, making more money, and having a better life, than someone who is fifty-four? Putting aside factors like race, opportunities, socioeconomic status, what else? Why are you not Oprah or Shonda Rhimes? Why are you not Tyler Perry or Denzel Washington? We…

A. E. Reads: Wild Seed

Wild Seed is the book review topic today, by Octavia Butler and published 1980. Wild Seed is all about character. And without a doubt, the main character who needed the most development, and that we got, was Doro.  To call Doro cruel is to put it lightly. I won’t call him evil, because being evil…

On Story Ideas: The “What If”

Story ideas. One of the main questions writers get asked or they ask themselves is “how do I get a story idea?” Watching different writers in interviews or sitting in the audience at a book signing, they all say something different. Some writers get their ideas from dreams. Others get hit with an idea by…

On Starting: Get the Writing Done

I’ll start with the plainest fact about writing possible. It’ll never get written if you don’t write it. There. Simple and clean and fact. If you don’t write it, no one will. No one else can write the short story or poems or novels that are in your head but you. God won’t reach down…