Photo of partial page from print edition of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Insightful Examples of Inciting Incidents

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I've been thinking a lot lately about inciting incidents and the different ways they can be used in fiction. An inciting incident generally launches the primary conflict or action in a story. Joseph Campbell referred to the inciting incident as a call to action. Sometimes our characters seek…

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You Can Get There From Here

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I recently read George Michelsen Foy's 2016 book Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human. It deals with physical navigation and how our approach to navigation has changed over time. On a deeper level, it's a meditation on how we humans find our way in life and how…

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Out of Thin Air

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. It's easy to think of creativity as an act of creating something out of thin air. A novel, a painting, a sculpture; these are all tangible products that didn't exist until they were created. We shouldn't believe that creativity is always about making something up, however. Sometimes, it's…

Selection from one page of Mary Beard's book The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found

You Must Read

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. Currently I'm reading The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by scholar and classicist Mary Beard. Pompeii is briefly referenced in my current writing-project-in-progress, so I'm reading about the city primarily for research. Fundamentally, however, I'm reading a well-researched book by a respected historian about life in…

Cropped section of Buddy and Thomas novella cover showing illustration of a beagle on a city street

Create When You Can

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I recently self-published a novella that I started writing in 2017. It was inspired by the life (and death, in early 2017) of a dog that I adopted from a shelter in 2002. It's called Buddy and Thomas, and it's about a stubborn dog that disrupts the life…

Section of Moral Compass novel cover by Bradley Bravard

Self-Publishing Experience #2

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. Last time, I recorded a few thoughts on my experience self-publishing my novel in paperback format via CreateSpace. I also published the book in digital format via Kindle DIrect Publishing (KDP) and wanted to share a few thoughts on that, also. In 2017, I self-published a short business…

Stack of paperback books, including 2 different sizes of the novel Moral Compass by the author

Self-Publishing Experience

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I've posted previously about the novel I've written and decided to self-publish. For anyone who might be considering this, I thought I would share some of my experience. This is by no means a comprehensive self-publishing guide, just a collection of my own thoughts and experiences that you…

Van Gogh and Looking Without Finding

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I'm in the middle of reading a collection of some of Vincent Van Gogh's letters, primarily letters he wrote to his brother Theo over a period of 18 years. It's a fascinating body of work. Van Gogh wrote so many letters that they end up providing a sort…