What If We Could Communicate Through Scent?

“The chemical messages came to her faintly, much-diluted and far away, like whispers on the breeze. She submerged her whole foot in the water and began to walk, dampening the nerve signals that screamed cold! as the waves lapped at her thighs.” One of the key plot points of my work in progress is that … Continue reading What If We Could Communicate Through Scent?

Why and How to Write Short Stories (Even If You Normally Don’t)

I am one of those writers who has more trouble writing short than long. Several of my most beloved novel concepts started out as short story concepts – and then just kept growing. I’ve had other writers tell me the same thing – that they just don’t see any point in writing short stories because … Continue reading Why and How to Write Short Stories (Even If You Normally Don’t)

That Shock of Recognition

Being a writer can be strange. You’ve likely heard all sorts of things about how fiction writers work. Alice Walker and Jean M. Auel were among those who eventually behaved very much as though they were not creators, but mediums – both were known to thank their characters “for showing up,” and suggest at times … Continue reading That Shock of Recognition