Essays and Articles

I haven’t written a lot of short non-fiction, and most of it has been of the instructive, “how-to-for-writers” variety, but here it is, if you’re interested.

“Writing for Rewards”
What is it?: A personal essay reflecting on the power of writing.
Tell Me About It: In this essay, I discuss discovering how powerful writing can be when I have to write and deliver the eulogy for my maternal grandmother.
Who’s It For?: Writers
Where Is It?: Lead article in the “Fresh Voices” section of The Front Porch, November 22, 2003

“Tracking Your Output”
What is it?: An article designed to help budding writers.
Tell Me About It: The article describes a quick, easy way to track submissions and project status with a spreadsheet that even computer-phobes can set-up and use.
Who’s It For?: Writers
Where Is It?: Originally published as the feature article in ByLine (April 2003), is is now available on this site .

“What You Can Learn from Comic Books”
What is it?: An article designed to help budding writers.
Tell Me About It: In this article, I discuss how certain stylistic elements and pacing standards from comic books can be translated to prose. Includes examples and a list of resources.
Who’s It For?: Writers
Where Is It?: Originally published as the feature article in ByLine (January 2004), it is now available on this site.

“Writing Comic Books”
What is it?: An article on how to write comic books.
Tell Me About It: This piece mainly discusses the two dominant forms of comic book scripting (full script and plot-art-dialogue) with examples of each and a look at the strengths and weaknesses inherent in them.
Who’s It For?: Budding comic book writers
Where Is It?: Originally published on Writing-World.com, it is now available on this site.