New Book – Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises

I’m excited to announce that the second book in The Storyteller’s Toolbox series is now available. Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises is packed with exercises that impart the tools and techniques of storytelling and then prompt you to study stories, practice writing stories, and further contemplate the craft of storytelling. About the Book The greatest storytellers…Read More

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It’s Writing Forward’s Ninth Anniversary. Let’s Celebrate with a Book Giveaway!

I can’t believe it’s been nine years since I launched Writing Forward. It’s been a fun and challenging adventure, and I’m looking forward to many more years of providing creative writing tips and ideas that motivate and inspire legions of fiction and nonfiction writers as well as poets. Lately, I’ve been hard at work creating…Read More

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New Book: What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing

When I first got interested in fiction writing, I scoured bookstores for a simple, straightforward primer on storytelling. I wanted something that explained the various components of a story, and I found lots of excellent books — some on plotting, others on characters — but I never did find that primer I was looking for….Read More

Writing Forward is Eight Years Old! Let’s Celebrate with a Book Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe Writing Forward is eight years old! Sometimes it feels like I just started this website yesterday. Other times, I feel like it’s been with me forever. One thing is certain: I’m looking forward to many more years of Writing Forward. Every year around this time, I take a look at this…Read More

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The Writer: A Short Film

Today’s post is a special treat. It’s a short film called The Writer. As you have probably guessed, it’s a about a writer. There are only a handful of films about writers, but not nearly enough for those of us who labor at the craft of wordplay and storytelling. It’s always exciting when a new…Read More

1200 Creative Writing Prompts

Goodreads Giveaway of 1200 Creative Writing Prompts and a Quick Announcement

This week, I’m giving away a free copy of 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, but before I get into the details of the contest, I’d like to share a special announcement with you. My Debut Novel A few days ago, I published my debut novel, which is titled Engineered Underground. It’s the first book in my…Read More

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Writing Forward is Seven Years Old

When I started Writing Forward seven years ago, I had no idea what to expect. As a writer and internet junkie, a blog seemed like a smart way to pursue two of my greatest passions. I had no idea where the journey would take me. This website has helped me build a business, become an…Read More

Adventures in Writing The Complete Collection

Goodreads Giveaway for Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection

From today through Friday, June 5, 2014 I’m hosting a free giveaway on Goodreads for the paperback edition of Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection.  Goodreads is a social media network for people who love to read. It’s a great way to share and discover books. You can create a list of books you want…Read More

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Maya Angelou was a luminary whose work touched and changed millions of lives, including mine. She was a poet, a storyteller, a scholar, actress, dancer, and activist for social justice. Her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), was a groundbreaking, brutally honest, personal account of the Jim Crow South, covering the first…Read More

Adventures in Writing The Complete Collection

Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection is Now Available on Amazon at $5.99 for a Limited Time

A few months ago, I published the third and final book in my Adventures in Writing series. Today, I’m excited to announce the release of Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection. This collection includes all three books in the series: 101 Creative Writing Exercises 10 Core Practices for Better Writing 1200 Creative Writing Prompts Adventures…Read More

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