5 Things I Learned from Writing My First Novel

Constructing a building as a symbol of building a first novel

In 2014, I published my debut novel Our Dried Voices with Scribe Publishing Company. I learned a lot during the lengthy process of conceiving, writing, editing and publishing my first book. Here are five lessons that stand out two years later. For more lessons on how I conceived, wrote and published this novel, join my free email course Building the Book: … Read more

Big Ideas: Parabellum

Big Ideas: Parabellum

Two heads, or focused notes. The need for one or more big ideas on which to construct the framework of a novel became especially obvious as I wrote my second book, The Friar’s Lantern. It was the most complex story I had ever written, and I had to constantly remind myself of a few key concepts that would hold the … Read more

What’s in a Name?

What's in a Name? - Parabellum

I’ve settled on a working title for my new novel about the story behind a mass shooting incident: Parabellum. Here’s why I chose that name: 1. 9 mm Parabellum is the European name for the 9 mm Luger cartridge, a popular caliber of handgun cartridge. 2. The name Parabellum derives from the Latin adage “Si vis pacem, para bellum,” which … Read more

The Integrity Manifesto

The Integrity Manifesto

In the few years that I’ve been writing seriously and consistently, I’ve authored a screenplay about a disillusioned and manipulative murderer, a dystopian fiction novel about what happens when humans no longer need to think to sustain their existence, a blog about how physical fitness carries over into other spheres of life, and a choose-your-own-adventure novel about the philosophical problem … Read more

Escaping the Creative Straitjacket

Escaping the Creative Straitjacket by Christian Fink-Jensen

I am thrilled to feature the following guest post from writer, photographer, and creativity researcher Christian Fink-Jensen. Christian’s work has been published in more than fifty magazines and newspapers around the world. His next book is a biography of a crazy female adventurer from the 1920s and will be released in September. Christian also teaches a creativity workshop that helps people from all … Read more

Four Free Short Stories

Overcoming History, and anthology of four free short stories

I recently partnered with my writer friends RC Hancock, Barbara Pietron and Molleen Zwiker to produce a collection of short fiction. You can read these four short stories for free here:​Overcoming History – An Anthology of Short Fiction