Introducing Fiction Writing Coaching Services
Your Story Buddy is my new one-on-one personalized creative writing coaching service for fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction. Over the course of an hour, I’ll guide you to discover ways to strengthen the storytelling bones of your piece, excavate and construct buried, fragmented thematic opportunities, coax out undeveloped character depth and motivation, and more.
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My Latest Creative Work
In Light of the Outsider, desperate people unite to rescue a kidnapped infant prince before ethnic, international, and magical pressures can threaten the entire continent. It’s a character-driven fantasy adventure / thriller hybrid with touches of noir and cosmic horror. And even though it’s the first of a trilogy, the book stands on its own.
Scribtotum is My Blog
Share my experience as an independent creator with the perspective of a veteran beginner. Whenever I can teach or share, I write a blog post.
Find out how an active, deliberate, public practice of gratitude and hope will make you a better writer and creator.
Why being bold is the most vulnerable, effective, and powerful practice for writers to find their truth.
Writers! Let’s figure out the roots of procrastination and work together to overcome it and finally stop not starting our best creative work.
Challenge yourself and get to know your worst self so you can write well-rounded antagonists and other characters in your fiction.
Scrivener is a popular novel and short story writing tool that can cost $40 or more. Save your money and read how you can use yWriter for free.
Between the expectations of genre and bland uniformity, there’s a lot of room to be irreplaceable if you have the courage to both listen to, and use, your own vision.
Introducing 90 Days To You, an exercise to help synchronize your vision of yourself with reality. The result: improved self-awareness, stronger empathy, and ultimately, better writing!
Presenting Scribtotum, a blog to help writers and creators stay human while creating a successful and healthy writing life. Click the title to read more about what you can expect!
When you’re committed to making things you can sell, how can you create under conditions of extreme stress and anxiety?
Sonitotum is My Podcast
When I want to talk about making things, finding success however we each define it, and staying healthy and sane in the process, I record an episode.
The Autumn Project (2018) is me, planning, plotting, and writing the first draft of my next novel, in public. Every week, I’ll update my progress in a Sonitotum minisode. Here’s the first one!
Presenting your invitation to the Autumn Project (2018), in which you can be a fly on the wall for every step, start to finish, as Matthew Wayne Selznick embarks on his first major creative work in five years. Read more to learn all about it!
The first Sonitotum interview guest is the independent songwriter, composer, singer, teacher, and music entrepreneur Emma Wallace. Listen as Emma describes the challenges she faces on her way to her own brand of success as an indie creator!
I often think about the artist’s responsibility. Inspired by the faux controversies around old tweets from James Gunn and Sarah Silverman, in this episode I spell out exactly what artistic responsibility entails for all creators. Listen to see if you agree!
Fred Rogers inspired this eighth episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, which is an optimistic and positive exploration of your creative legacy. You might already have one! Listen to learn why.
Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick Episode 007: The (Almost) Lost Episode, or, A Crisis of Confidence
This seventh episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick was nearly lost to a crisis of confidence… but sharing the overcoming of obstacles like that is exactly what this podcast is all about. So here it is!
Episode six of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick gives me the opportunity to introduce one of my favorite creative concepts: the creative family. Be sure to listen to understand what I mean (it’s probably not what you think). Also, an announcement about a future feature on the show!
In the fifth episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, I describes the “one weird trick” I wish I’d known years ago to become the best fiction writer and storyteller — and even human being — possible. Listen to discover why empathy is so important!
In the fourth episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, I relate a recent experience that shows how our own subconscious will call us out when we act inauthentically, putting us through the emotional wringer of anxiety and depression.