Ghosts and Revenants

The best stories often have a main character with a shameful secret to hide, or let’s just say, a ghost that haunts her from her past. I have a son who recently crossed the threshold into teenage-hood. One thing I dread about this developmental stage is how his questions force me to either lie about […]

First Page Tips

What do people on the business end of writing look for on page one of a manuscript? This was the subject of the Friday night event that kicked off Write On The River’s 2017 conference. Held yearly in May in Wenatchee, Washington, the weekend conference’s opening event takes advantage of great views from the ninth-floor […]

How To Achieve Satisfying Reversals

How do you bring a story to a believable reversal without the ending feeling tacked on? There are many kinds of stories, obviously. Some answer resolve conflicts, but not all lend themselves to closure. In literary stories we know that often dilemmas do not resolve and life goes on. But I would argue that even […]