I don’t plot, I brew.

There are two ends of the spectrum when it comes to writers. Plotters: those who in fine detail outline the order of events within and outside of their narrative. And Pantsers those who sit down and go on a journey with their characters as it happens. Every writer falls closer to one side.

Then there are

saints like

Cheyanne A Lepka

Who created a chart akin to DnD alignment



I’m a True Plantser.

And this is the process I use.

Which is both frustrating and exciting.

I start with the problem and a question what would happen if?

Goblins used guns, Miners discover a dragon egg and abandon their contract, A duke is on a hunting expedition to slay a dragon,

Exciting because I don’t know how my stories will end or what turns they will take.

Frustrating because I thought it was going one way but no it went another.

Fiction unlike reality, or this blog, has to make sense

So I have a loose outline, but I have to keep the characters fidelity high. Which means that if a character is about to act out of character just so I can have everyone hit their marks and move the story back to the outlined path, I won’t go there. Sometimes that means my characters demand I scale a vertical cliff or walk through a dangerous marsh rather than stick to the simple well laid path.

When I hit these difficult patches, I do a lot of thinking. What do I need to do now? And I work though in my head over a dozen or two dozen unwritten paths, until that eureka moment hits and the wall is scalable and entertaining. Then I do that.

Though I am still a little sore that I was unable to use pirates in my last story because. I had them roughly outlined, their motivations, weapons, etc etc. But the characters on stage demanded more screen time and had a far more interesting tale to write. SO I put those pirates back in the cupboard and when I get a chance I’ll see if I can use them to spice up another story.

Oh man I am going to have to rewrite this post a few times to get the words as they should be.

Oh well,

Much Love


If you found yourself in this chart and want to argue. I’ll be in the comments below.

Resistance through pain.

This has been inspired by two thorns.

A fantastic YouTube video by Storytellers

How To Be Creative: How an Artist Turns Pro

And my current flaring hemorrhoids

The video covers the subject of resistance. The resistance of doing anything but the creative work that you should be doing. Whether that is procrastination, fear, and/or anxiety that prevents you from starting or continuing.

What this hasn’t covered or mentioned is the resistance of being in physical pain.

Everyone has experienced at least a bad day when you haven’t had enough sleep. You’ve forgot to take your caffeine and you’ve got a headache that you know will rob you of the next few hours of work. Bruised and sore muscles.

We can get through our paying gigs just fine. Suffering through these aches and pains without a great loss to the man we are making dollars for. But then when we have the chance to work for ourselves … well … results may vary.

I’ve torn a muscle in my shoulder two hours into an eight hour shift during my first ninety days at a cardboard factory. It’s been two years and there is still of whisper of that muscle that hasn’t been reclaimed reminding me of that I’ve lifted and worked through a 7 on the Stanford Pain Scale. And I’ve experienced a certified 9 as reference.

Right now I’ve got a cough and a hemorrhoid that spikes my pain from 3 to 5. But here I am still getting work done. Tonight when I’m lifting in my warehouse job I might be between a 5 and 7 but that’s not going to stop me there.

So why does this pain stop me when I’m here?

Why then can’t I get work done, pages written, plots thickened, or characters killed, if I’m experiencing anything greater than a 4 on the pain scale?

Why isn’t this type of resistance discussed?

What really burns me through… is how I forget that I was ever in pain to begin with. I was sick last Friday and I couldn’t get more than a single page of a comic script transferred from storyboard to word. Then I spent all Saturday beating myself up about how I’ve wasted a twenty four hour period. Only to have a cough remind me that I was still sick and bring some form of validation for the choice I made.

I know at this point that even taking one day off is disaster to my time frames and deadlines. One day breeds two years and a decade later you’ll be just as unhappy with yourself as your unfinished or unstarted projects.

If your in pain but you do a quality 10%…

Try to be happy with that

rest and heal

Maybe tomorrow you’ll be able to do 15% or more.

But if you start doing 0% the resistance will only grow stronger and you’ll need to be at 110% before you start again.

Wishing you all good health,


Why your independent comic book will not make you rich…

On the heels of Denver’s Independent Comic and Art Expo.

A thorn has been planted in my head

“You don’t get into comics if you want to make money.

You get into comics if you love comics.” -R. Alan Brooks

Well, that’s noble and a terrible, terrible view to have. First it’s demoralizing. Second it’s just not true.

You know what would be accurate and motivating.

“99.9% of people who have made a comic are not millionaires.”

you know what else is true

“99.9% of actors have never been in a Hollywood movie.”

you know what is motivating

“500 books are published a month. 95% of those sell less than 500 copies over their life time”

Why are these motivating?

Because they contain hope

“Hope is the promise of rain tomorrow for the flowers in the field.”


If you go into any industry or venture with the mindset the you will fail. Well you will.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

-Henry Ford

This is about mindset.

If you know the problem can be solved you then can solve it. If you enter with the assumption that the problem is not a problem but a fact of reality then you cannot solve it, you won’t even try.

Growth in life, business, and relationships is about finding those problems and solving them. If you do not find the problems you cannot solve them.

If you enter with the presumption that it WILL fail. Well, you won’t be on the look out for problems. And again if you do not find the problems you cannot solve them.


Get help from someone who has solved that problem, Get an outside perspective.

But do not say to yourself

“Well, there’s nothing I can do?”

Ask yourself

“What am I doing that is working? and what is not?”

and always ask


Follow the 4 simple steps outlined



This has all been inspired by

R. Alan Brooks

and his excellent writers workshop at DINK 2019

He will be teaching at REGIS university this fall on the subject of Comics. And is without a doubt an expert on the subject.

He hosts the podcast Mother F**ker in a Cape. This man has a golden radio voice.

Is on twitter @AlanBrooks_,

He writes one page comics for the Colorado Sun. “What’d I miss?

And his Comic Burning Metronome Vol. 1 is available in trade.

I’ve linked the tattered cover bookstore and not his WordPress site. Which you can purchase on page through a PayPal portal or Via a hidden link to his etsy page.

Now go buy this man’s books and give him the support he needs so that he can focus on making more fantastic stories!!!

Follow him on Twitter

With Love,