Defining Equality

I’m compiling answers and insights to add to the Scythian F.A.Q. page, which will be featured on the site in the coming months.¬† But one question keeps popping up, and so I thought I’d give it a post of its very own. ūüôā Why is the Scythian Credo Strength Through Equality? In order for me to explain, we need to … Read More

Finding Your Tribe

Most of my life has been spent feeling like the proverbial round peg in a square hole. Fortunately, the internet has made it easier to connect with intelligent, witty people who love discussing books and other writerly things. I wanted a place we could call our own, and so I started The¬†Isaacs Society. This secret Facebook group is chalked full … Read More

Tone and Mood, the Powerhouses of Writing

Most authors will say the best way to write a strong story is to show, don’t tell. But if the tone or mood of all that showing doesn’t match the intensity of the plot, the story still seems weak. Having all three is the trifecta of great storytelling. The difference between Tone and Mood Tone defines the character’s attitude. Is … Read More

Show, Don’t Tell

Ah, the blessed mantra of the writer–show, don’t tell. It’s chanted in fifth-grade classrooms all across the nation, and yet, even seasoned writers struggle with the concept. The difference between telling and showing Most young writers think of “telling” like a police report. It’s a monotonous sequence of events with no language that would sway the reader emotionally one way … Read More

Outside My Comfort Zone

I was raised in an era where photos were taken with an honest-to-God camera, film and all. Filters were for furnaces, family videos were only for rich people, a brand was for putting on cows, and selfies sounded like something that should be done in the privacy of your own room. It’s not that I’m reaching the octogenarian stage of … Read More

Five Top Places to Review Books

Reviews have become a staple in our lives. Want to try out the new restaurant down the street? Hop on Yelp and see how many stars they have. Looking for a plumber, or electrician? Check Angieslist or homeadvisor and see what others have said. Today, more than ever, reviews play a critical role in the lives of small business owners … Read More

2019–The year of Tenacity and Grit

It’s January, which means it’s time to concentrate on the road ahead. As you know, I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Instead, I take one¬†word, one concept, and focus on that. The themes of the past few years are here if you’re interested.¬†As for 2018, it was the Year of Control. And while it was a great idea, it didn’t … Read More

Five Tips to Write for Life

There’s a thread weaving through Facebook that I’m enjoying these days. Writers from all walks of life are sharing their top five writing tips and secrets, and then they challenge another five writers to do the same. I’ve been following the threads like a hound chasing rabbits, loving the snippets of insight and advice from the authors that I admire. … Read More

How to Stop Facebook’s Shenanigans From Keeping You From Your Tribe.

I was talking to a friend today about Facebook’s crackdown on using personal pages for business. For those outside the writing community, I’m sure you may not think this is a big deal. But for every entrepreneur out there, it’s a game-changer. Last year, Facebook scaled back a business pages’ reach, meaning only a few people could see¬†posts containing URLs … Read More

Suspended in Creativity

The stage lights serve as a barrier; they blind the performer from seeing the audience’s reaction, they protect them from¬†fear.¬†In that moment, they are Mozart’s Fiordiligi or Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc. Their mind is mute; instinct takes over, time is suspended in creativity–expression is life. I haven’t performed in¬†years, but on rare occasions, my heart remembers, and I again am … Read More