Hourlings Writing Group

Introducing the Hourlings

January 12, 2021 dkeener 0

I’d like to introduce you to the Hourlings Writing Group. They’re a writing group in the Northern Virginia area which has been instrumental in my development as a writer. I’m one of the founding members of the group, from way back in 2013 when they were still called the Loudoun Science […]

Leaving L.A.

Inspiration: Burning L.A.

January 11, 2021 dkeener 0

This is a great image from the back of a departing yacht as a group of survivors leaves Los Angelos behind during a zombie apocalypse. Behind them, the city burns uncontrollably, caught between ravening hordes of zombies and an implacable military that still thinks they can win against them. From […]

Hourlings Podcast E12: Writing Action Scenes

Hourlings Podcast E12: Writing Action Scenes (17m)

January 9, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 12 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (17 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Writing Action Scenes,” in which our illustrious writers prescribe techniques for crafting effective action scenes, particularly fight scenes, that move the plot along while also revealing character. This episode features: Martin Wilsey […]

T-Rex in Action

Inspiration: T-Rex

January 6, 2021 dkeener 0

It’s been an awful day. Insurrectionists wreaked havoc in the capitol and the Confederate flag was raised in DC for the first time in the history of the United States. Time for some counter-programming: here’s a T-Rex trying to make a bed. If that doesn’t make you chuckle, I don’t […]

Occupational Hazard

Occupational Hazard Writing Exercise

January 5, 2021 dkeener 0

Interview enough writers and you’ll find that the inspiration for stories can come from almost anywhere. Sometimes the writer starts out with a social issue, a new technological development, a character, or just a single scene. Slowly, writers accrete details in their minds until the pieces coalesce as a story. […]


Inspiration: Venice

January 4, 2021 dkeener 0

I’ve never been to Venice, though I hope to visit sometime in the post-COVID-19 era. I’ve always been fascinated by its prominence in history, first as a major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and later as a major player in the arts. I’m intrigued […]

Hourlings Podcast E11: Goals for 2021

Hourlings Podcast E11: Goals for 2021 (24m)

January 2, 2021 dkeener 0

Episode 11 of the Hourlings Podcast Project (24 minutes) is now available on YouTube. This episode’s topic is “Goals for 2021,” in which our distinguished writers dare to publicly reveal their writing goals (and maybe a few personal goals) for 2021. Of course, this means that we’ll have to have […]

Writing Killer Fight Scenes

Writing Killer Fight Scenes

January 1, 2021 dkeener 0

I ran this workshop at Capclave 2018, but somehow never found the chance to get the workshop published online. Well, it’s now available on Slideshare.net, plus I have it embedded above. Here’s my description for the workshop: Does your story come to a screeching halt every time there’s a fight […]