I finally got a chance to watch the biopic about screenwriter and author Dalton Trumbo and am glad I did. Bryan Cranston served his real life model well by portraying this Hollywood blacklist member as a man of principle. While I disdain communism for lots of reasons, I do believe in free speech and understand that the politically charged era of the late 1940’s was beyond difficult for many who were ousted for their views. Regardless of one’s philosophy, an aspiring writer can readily look to this prolific artist for lessons about perseverance and discipline. According to Biography.com, Dalton Trumbo was “one of the mostRead More →

I just signed up to attend ThrillerFest XI next year. If the 2016 conference is anything like the 2015 event, it will be money well spent. This year’s ThrillerFest was chockablock with informative sessions that focused on topics such as story structure, narrative and the use of locale as a character. Other workshops (and there were at least several dozen) addressed copyrights, building a productive relationship with an agent and marketing one’s book. An added bonus was a chance to meet others who love to read and write. The instructors were enthusiastic and the attendees were generous with their insights and occasional frustrations about the writing process.Read More →