Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

So You Want to Tutor? Get Them Talking.

Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by Sam

This is part two of the series, “So You Want to Tutor?” Prove It Get Them Talking Establishing rapport, in this case, isn’t about selling knives, makeup, or used cars. It’s about breaking the ice a bit, and establishing a common ground. A bit of rapport doesn’t mean finding out their favorite ice cream and […]

So You Want to Tutor? Prove It.

Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by Sam

This is part one of the series, “So You Want to Tutor?” Prove It Get Them Talking One day while making my way through the campus swarm I actually noticed one of the school billboards about the Writing Center. I suddenly decided that tutoring writing was my dream job. It was this kind of far-off […]

Novel Ninja: Crediting Yourself

Posted on: June 8th, 2012 by Sam

Today Ali Cross has been kind enough to feature another blog by yours truly. This one is about Crediting Yourself: an aspect to life that I have found to be crucial for motivation and success. Check out the post at or – and if you’re a writer yourself, consider joining the dojo!

Six Movies I Wish I’d Written

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by Sam 1 Comment

Having finished Fox Fire, I’m forging straight on to my next novel. I’ve been writing off and on for fun since High School, but I have almost no experience in actually finishing novels (I love being able to put “almost” in front of that now). This next is called Chasing Clouds, and it is a […]

Story Lessons from Thanksgiving Movies

Posted on: November 28th, 2011 by Sam

Umm… Spoiler Warning. Just sayin. Sara and I have (for the most part) gone without TV this month. We decided that there were things we wanted to get accomplished, and that TV was indeed serving as a distraction. So we shut it off for the month, with some built-in exceptions. (E.G. I had just begun […]

NaNoWriMo Survival: Week One

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by Sam 2 Comments

Here’s the little tricks I’ve either learned or put to good effect this week; I’m posting them as advice to myself, because I am dense enough to have to learn these things over and over. Start small – a half hour on and five to ten minutes off is a great way to get started, […]

I Shall Miss You, Friends

Posted on: October 25th, 2011 by Sam 2 Comments

I am sorry, I know I often go on hiatus, but this one cannot be avoided. You see, I am one of those crazies that tries to do NaNoWriMo every year. Last year, I dropped out because frankly, I had finals coming up, and we’ve all got to have a sense of priority. It goes […]

Bridging the Gap (Working Backwards)

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by Sam 4 Comments

Sometimes while writing, we know where we eventually want to end up in the story, but get stuck on exactly how to get there. I know my plucky heroine escapes the cyborg ninja, but how? I vaguely know the kind of triumph I want my characters to experience toward the end of the story, but […]

On the Snowflake Method with Ali Cross

Posted on: October 18th, 2011 by Sam

Ali Cross is an insatiable writer and organizer, heading a community of writers through her Ninjas Write Website. Her novel, Become, is coming out on 11/11/11. I’ve recently become involved with this community via online chat and other methods, and I find their company to be valuable to me. I’ve already begun to make some […]

Snowflake Outline Instructions

Posted on: October 17th, 2011 by Sam 1 Comment

I wrote a blog on outlining a novel, which will soon be hosted on Ali’s website. This is a cheat-sheet I wrote up, simplifying Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method (which I wrote more about in the blog post). I have it printed up and tacked to the wall over my desk, as well as the inside […]