The Write Word Books and Stories

Nonfiction

Think Like a Writer: How to Write the Stories You See

I published Think Like a Writer: How to Write the Stories You See in print and as an Amazon e-book. The book’s core is how to see the world as a writer. It supplies tools to find and cultivate your writer’s voice, that unique combination of attributes—sensitivity to language, storytelling and audience—by which writers see and define the world. You can download sample chapters here.

Think Like a Writer will stimulate your story-hunting process, and explores how to get the stories written, for both fiction and nonfiction writing. The book discusses writing at a structural level: how words work in sentences and how sentences work in stories, moving to how to use those elements and that writer’s stance to write across genres.

It ends with how to deal with writing distractions, and offers a resources section with takes on practical matters of software, hardware and links to writing resources. And it’s written in a light, entertaining style.

Oh, and it’s funny.

Fiction

Aftershock


Aftershock is the story of a scheming would-be novelist, his prim, closet-alcoholic boss and a discerning homeless veteran who have their fates thrown together by the 1989 S.F. earthquake. The distinct first-person voice of the schemer, and that of the homeless veteran and the secret alcoholic make for an at times rollicking, at times sad collision of lives. Their interplay is disastrous, surprising, and richly human.

There’s a lot of San Francisco in the book, including the city’s beauties, and how the AIDS crisis affects a secondary character. Even the Bronte sisters get their moments. The cover image links to various online stores to grab the book.

Flowering

This page also used to house a number of my published short stories, but most of those were published in Flowering, a story collection in late May of 2012, along with many new stories. Two of the stories can be downloaded below.

Flowering’s 16 stories are built around themes of loss, social disruption, mistaken judgment & stumbling redemption. Characters are complex and not always charming, but their colors are memorably bright. Please download for free Exchange, one of the stories in the collection.

Here’s the cover of Flowering and Other Stories, published through Author Mike Ink. The link goes to Amazon, but it’s also available at Barnes and Noble.

Right Where the Sun Don’t Shine

A tale about a stubborn small-town kid who refuses his chance to watch a total eclipse because of a feud with a local dignitary, published in Flowering and Other Stories, my book of short stories.

The Dolls

A creepy short story about creepy dolls, published in the lovely literary magazine, Catamaran Literary Reader.

All Roads Are Circles

Here’s the cover of my coming-of-age novel, published in print and as an ebook on Amazon. It’s a road story of two just-out-of-high-school best friends, hitchhiking across Canada, hearts on their thumbs.

All Roads Are Circles is a story of innocence lost, knowledge gained, and the sweet madness of accepting a ride with drivers who might not—or definitely don’t—have their passengers’ best interests in mind. A wild ride; seat belts optional.

Flowering and Other Stories