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Breaking, But Not Broken

Breaking, But Not Broken

I think we’re breaking up. I texted sixteen times in nine days. Granted, these were rapid-fire-single-sentence messages. Ten sent on the first day. Another six on the ninth. Of course, I’d waited 168 days to reply to his last text. I guess you can’t make up for six...

Greetings, Meet Your Assigned Meaning

Greetings, Meet Your Assigned Meaning

I’ve played many roles in the story of my life.I’ve been the child who pooped his pants.I’ve been the teen caught for shoplifting.I’ve been the guy who moved for a girl.I’ve been the storyteller who wrote too little.I’ve been the adult who nearly pooped...

The History of Searching Domains

The History of Searching Domains

I do not know your history. You do not know mine. So let’s know more - beginning with this blog. It has sparked and misfired many times. Its first run domain name of livingdaydreams.com never saw a host. So I permitted the domain to die before it was reborn as...

Open Letter from Your Antagonist 2.0

Open Letter from Your Antagonist 2.0

(Click here to get future blog posts with video and audio @ YouTube)   To whom it should concern: I am the devil you need but do not want to exist. Do not dare challenge that. Why else would you write an entire story trying to stop me? Hell, I am lucky if I...

What If Somebody Steals Your Story Idea?

What If Somebody Steals Your Story Idea?

I STOLE the MONEY.Five bucks here. Ten there. Twenty was rare.She never seemed to notice - so I kept making withdrawals.Until one day, she panicked. She swore she had more cash in her wallet, and she needed it.So she asked if one of us took it, but I kept...

The New Script to Reach Potential

The New Script to Reach Potential

 The sight, the sound, the suck, oh yuck. Wife and I were driving to Yosemite when she finished a snack, licked her fingers, and wiped them onto her jeans.I asked if she wanted a napkin.“No,” she said.“You sure?”“Why?” she said.The sight. The sound. The...

I moved to a cabin in the woods…

I moved to a cabin in the woods…

(If you prefer to experience this blog post with video and audio, please click here)I moved to a cabin house in the woods.The third night here, lightning produced a spectrum of wonder. The same night, a firefly flew into frame.The next evening, a toad...

Stop Trusting Writers To Become a Better Writer


Stop Trusting Writers To Become a Better Writer


My new writing friend, April Dávila, is taking over my blog today with a unique post that will help you continue on your path to becoming the writer you're meant to be. Definitely check out her blog, AprilDavila.com, and subscribe because she's consistently dropping...

New Plot Structure Video – Plot Milestones

New Plot Structure Video – Plot Milestones

Check out the video below to discover the scenes that most significantly impact a protagonist inside best-selling novels. These signature moments are known as plot milestones, and I'm confident they'll help you craft a story that connects with readers... Also, if you...

New Plot Structure Video – Story Heart & 4 Parts

New Plot Structure Video – Story Heart & 4 Parts

Check out the video below to confirm the core elements found in all best-selling novels. Then take a deep dive into the 4 Parts of Plot Structure. Coming Soon: A new video drilling down on Plot Milestones. And if you find the below video helpful, please consider...

Don’t Fall Down The Rabbit Hole

Don’t Fall Down The Rabbit Hole

PermissionThe boy said, "Daddy, is it okay if I just call you ‘Dad?’”I replied that I appreciated him asking, but explained it was his choice."Okay, I'm going to call you ‘Dad,’” he said.ConfirmationOver 14 years ago, I invited an old school friend to my wedding.He...

New Plot Structure Video – Overview

New Plot Structure Video – Overview

Hey storyteller, I shared a couple months ago that I planned to create some new, free stuff for you. So I surveyed the community and received some fantastic feedback. (Thanks again!) After taking some time off traveling to a couple countries, enjoying family b-days...

A Writer’s Carol – by Mr. (Scrooge) Villalva

A Writer’s Carol – by Mr. (Scrooge) Villalva

Do you remember the moment you knew you were meant to be a writer?I’ve read about people knowing at an early age that writing was their purpose. Their early calling compels me to take on a Scrooge-like demeanor because I’m not that writer.I’m a late bloomer and that...

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