My Journey from Single Father to Author

I'm so excited to share with you this week an article I wrote for the Good Men Project! This was my first time writing for them, and I hope to have many more articles to share in the future. Let me know what you think of this one either in...

“Do Schools Kill Creativity?”

Recently I came across a TED Talk entitled, “Do Schools Kill Creativity” by Ken Robinson, and was immediately struck by the importance of his message. If you haven’t had a chance to see this talk yet—though it is the most viewed TED talk on at nearly 40 million views—here it...

It’s Okay to Ask for Help as a Single Parent

There’s this secret a lot of single parents hold inside of them. A secret they think sometimes they might be judged for, that society would look down on them for, that their children won’t forgive them for. It’s a secret I used to hold inside of me while I was...

Writing Essentials: Tips to Build Conflict in Your Story

After spending the past month at the Bookmarks Book Festival and SIBA 2015 (pictured above), I’ve walked away with a whole lot of inspiration and ideas about what makes a book a success, what people love to read, and what constitutes good writing. So today I wanted to share some...

Is Writing Full-Time a Reasonable Goal? The Ugly Truth Behind a Big Dream

Every writer has been given the obvious, but kind of heartbreaking piece of advice, “Don’t quit your day job.” As in, don’t ever expect to be able to live off of your passion. Some callings are always meant to be side hustles, not real, pay the bills, careers. As always,...

Why You Should Give Your Child a Journal

As parents, so often we want to find gifts for our children that will mean the world to them. Whether it’s the new game they’ve been dying to play, a Lego set they’ve had their eye on for months, or a football to throw around the neighborhood with friends, when...

My Journey as a Stay-at-Home Father

When my son, John, was born, I didn’t embark to be a stay-at-home father. I didn’t know any other dads who stayed at home to take care of their kids full-time, I didn’t grow up with a stay-at-home father, and the concept of being a man who changed his job...

It’s Book Festival Season! Come Meet Me.

Hi All! Today I want to share with you the news that I will be attending two events in North Carolina next month in September. I haven’t done an event for some time now, and I am very much looking forward to sharing the news of Night Buddies Go Sky High’s...

Why You Need Rituals in Your Parenting Life

Last week, I wrote about how necessary forming rituals as a writer can be in order to produce the best work you can as regularly as you can. But then, after I wrote that post, I started thinking about that same principle in terms of parenting. Could forming rituals in...

Why You Need Rituals in Your Writing Life

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” –Mike Murdock When I was a younger man, I was against forming routines. I lived spontaneously, I took each day as it came at me with no expectations, and I thought routine would be the end of my creativity....

Tips For Writing Three-Dimensional Characters

There are two main elements to a story: plot and character. There is debate amongst writers whether one of these aspects is more important than the other, which is why some books are plot-driven while others are character-driven, but the reality is that your book will not succeed if your...

Surviving and Thriving During Your Child’s Summer Vacation

As we come to the end of July, you’re probably thinking one thing: “Only one more month until school starts again.” Some of you may be thinking of that as a negative; of course, it’s wonderful to have more time to spend with your children, and can be difficult to...

Should Your Book Be Made Into a Series?

I’ve written one blog post before about making the decision to write a children’s book, (link to that post here) but I didn’t mention that the decision to write a series of children’s books was actually a separate decision. You see, most authors don’t take on writing a series the...

Cheesecake Flavors (and Recipes) You Need to Try

Summer for me means a few things—trips to the beach, BBQ’s, and of course, trying new cheesecake flavors! I took to the Internet recently trying to find original, unique cheesecake flavors to test out, and today I’m sharing my favorites with you! Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Thought a macchiato was only...

There is No “Right” Time to Write

One of the most common problems among new writers is when they say this: “I can only write when [insert arbitrary rule here].” Sometimes they think they can only write in the early morning, sometimes only when their children are out of the house, sometimes only when they feel inspired—but...

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