The Impostor (Fiction Improvisation)

Follow me on…Fiction Improvisation by James Pence Title: The Impostor Keywords: Anthony, Kelly, governor, arthritic, pander, salubrious, begonia, ancestry, Situation: Man mistakenly wins a Newbery award. NOTE: This improvisation was fun. I did make some changes to the situation, however. Instead of the man winning a Newbery Medal, I created a fictional award. Don’t want […]

12 Things You Might Not Know about Friendly Revenge

Follow me on…My YA novel, Friendly Revenge, launches this week, so here are 12 things you might not know about Friendly Revenge. 1. Written in 1996, Friendly Revenge is my first novel, preceding the first draft of Unseen (Blind Sight) by three years. 2. Friendly Revenge is a spin-off from the first piece I ever […]

Fiction Improvisation 3.0

Follow me on…Fiction Improv 3.0 Okay, Peeps, Here’s what you gave me: 2 Names: Beulah and Harvey Occupation: Environmentalist 5 Words (I’ll use at least 3): Verbose, superfluous, ambiguous, fun, and onomatopoeia. Situation (I put out an extra call for this item and two people responded at almost exactly the same time. Since I don’t […]

An Author’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Follow me on…When I wrote my mystery/thriller, “Mercy Killer,” I wanted my lead character to be struggling with a debilitating illness. Ultimately, I decided that he should be someone with ALS. As I researched about ALS and wrote the novel, I was deeply impressed by the courage of those who face this horrible disease and […]

The Root Cause of Writer’s Block

Follow me on…As someone who wrestles daily with writer’s block, I have come to a conclusion. It may or may not be profound, and it may not be true of everybody. But it is definitely true of me. My writer’s block (or creative block) manifests itself in many different ways, but I believe that there […]

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Follow me on…Hi, I’m Jim and I’m a full-time freelance writer. I’ve been writing since the mid ’90s, and writing professionally since 2000. I have written nine books, fiction and nonfiction, and all but one have been published by major publishing houses. I have a confession to make. I struggle with crippling writer’s block. In […]