The Pen of Plenty

"Take this, Boris! May it serve you well," the booming voice commands. A hand, holding a shining writing implement, extends towards me. I was all of thirteen years old when the Hand from Above bestowed the Pen of Plenty upon me.

Marketing Steps

I’m not marketing – I’m generating mail for myself. That makes it so much easier than pressuring myself to advance my writing career.

THINK Like a WRITER

Ideas are always circling us. Like young children with butterfly nets, it is our job to catch a few and develop them into stories with strong leads, robust middles, and fabulous endings.

I WROTE THE STORY OF MY LIFE BUT NEVER ONCE DID I STOP TO READ IT

Words, plots, characters gushed out of me yet never once did I take the time to see if the words were apt; if the plot had inner consistency; if the characters were realistic and likeable.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep…

When I die I want to take along a book, but not just any old book. It has to be one with an ending so strong that it stopped my ticker for good.