Hi, I'm Rod. And this is Writer's Storm.

I think of this storm as a situation of severe trial, one in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new. Your writing process might be a stream of consciousness, or perhaps a template inspired by The Heroes Quest, Dramatica, Save The Cat, or an uncomplicated  nod toward Aristotle. Whatever your process, the challenge always begins with the "Storm"... The life you lead, the books you've read, the experiences you encounter, all create a perspective, a frame of reference, whereby the writer assumes a voice and meaning. The "Storm" cooks these elements into story. This is my storm... Below is an audio sample:

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On these pages you will find a blog on the Writer's Storm, and sample stories from my storm. I invite you to read and comment. If you like the sample stories, collections in our store can be downloaded for a small fee to sustain this site. Two novels will be arriving by the end of the year: A Devil's Gut, and Pentimento.

My creative work also includes performance, and I invite you to visit a my website devoted to the iconic Scottish designer Donald J. Ross. I frequently appear at his Pinehurst, NC, inn for private parties and performances of the one-man show "And I'll Not Fail Golf.
The Blog
Writing about writing and anything else that is relevant to the writer's world.
Sample Writing
These are sample stories created from my storm. Please read and comment.
The Storm's Store
If the samples stimulate interest, collections of stories are available at the Storm's Store.

Writing, Life, and Inertia

Writing and life are as inseparable as action and inertia! I had to overcome inertia to get up this morning. Inertia is rather like the man in a burning building who wants so badly to get out, he claws at the walls with his fingers, hoping to break through. This is a heightened inertia, but […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

The Only Three Writing Tips You’ll Ever Need – Courtesy Lou Saban

I have ransacked the internet consuming any and all tips on writing. I have blindly signed up for numerous newsletters that promised the solution to all of my writing issues. I have taken every free webinar about writing, knowing that they are an obvious inducement to enlist for more detailed study guaranteeing my book would […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

Chapter Two – Devil’s Gut

[The chapter that follows is number two from my historical novel, Devil’s Gut. Set in North Carolina just after the Second World War, the book traces the struggles, challenges, and dilemmas of two young men trying to escape their personal histories following WWII. Looking to recapture something lost, they find a very different world emerging […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

Devil’s Gut – Chapter One

[What follows is chapter one of my novel, Devil’s Gut. Please read and I would appreciate any comments about the characters, the writing, or the story as you understand it from this one chapter. Are the characters interesting and compelling for you? Do the characters and story appear to be worth your time?]   I […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

Writer’s Storm

Intransigent is the best description for our world. Regrettably is a most applicable modifier of that word grouping. Heels are dug in, eyes set, jaws are flexing, and language pejorative in tone; and, all instructive of a deeply felt anger for something: that is much of our world. There must be another path other than […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

Writers and Passion – Fire or Venom?

Recent events provoked me to question my passion, my desire to do what I purport to be necessary, and I wrote about that issue last week. It will not go away! And shouldn’t. Last time, I challenged my desire for success in comparison to what others are willing to do, and do in pursuit of […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

Need (Gumption)

I have recently discovered Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards, and found myself watching two to three episodes at a time before bed. Quite a different approach to TV. It occurred to me this morning what this series uses as a structural source, and I should not be amazed given Spacey’s history. It’s really quite a […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

God Is Unassailable

This past week has been an eventful week, not necessarily for me; but, I have witnessed meaningful events and consequences that any would be writer should file away for reference. There are stories in this week. One such event was the Supreme Court decision regarding gay marriage. I am not gay; but, I have spent […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->
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