Writing Philosophy

Scott Driscoll Blogs… After asking what I did for a living, the cashier at a grocery store I frequented gave me a confused look and said, “Oh, you teach fiction? What’s that? Is that, like, making stuff up?” There was no line—it was late, after class—so I told her the following story. One sweltering Sunday […]

Scene Checklist

A scene in a story or novel has a lot of work to do. If you think of a story as a series of scenes, then it stands to reason that treating your scenes to a thorough tune-up might be the best way to… Source: Scene Checklist

Scene Checklist

A scene in a story or novel has a lot of work to do. If you think of a story as a series of scenes, then it stands to reason that treating your scenes to a thorough tune-up might be the best way to revise a story. Below is a scene checklist, put together by […]

The Virgin Islands Part Seven: A Farewell Homage

Thursday, December 31, 2015 In the early morning, Megan and Alex take our eleven-year old, Dain, zip-lining. This is a popular activity on St. Thomas. Reservations must be made in advance with “Tree Limin Extreme.” “Limin” is a Caribbean word that means “chillin” or relaxing, or partying in a low key, good way. You enter […]

The Virgin Islands Part Six: Into The Crowd

Wednesday afternoon, December 30, 2015 We have just left Waterlemon Cay, snorkeler’s nirvana. Toby opens the engine on our Key Largo twenty-two footer. We charge across the open middle of Pillsbury Sound, drenched by our own wash, enter British Virgin Island waters, and dock in Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke. Here we are required […]