Art. What is it? No idea, but we know it when we see it, right? At least, we’re supposed to.

This page will deal primarily with the esoteric, mysterious, intangible, and otherwise quasi-mystical aspects of writing and publishing fiction. It will be about those things that can be hard to describe, like character, arc, and development.

Coming soon, articles and downloads on:

  • Plot – how to craft a great story
  • Description – bringing your narrative to life
  • Emotional & Physical Memory – tools to tell your story your way
  • Characters – how to make readers love them (or not)

Meanwhile, if you have a finished or nearly-finished manuscript, consider a one-on-one mentorship with author Tom Leveen…but read the entire ad first.



But you won’t “get” my story if I don’t send you the first (10, 20, 100) pages!
Exactly. While readers may give you a whole chapter or two, agents and editors have to move fast, so if your first page doesn’t grab them, chances of them turning to page two are remote. Again, anything wrong with page one is probably wrong throughout the entire story.

How do I know you won’t steal my idea?
Then don’t send it. Having said that, I won’t. Nobody does. As of this writing, I have more than 30 titles in various states of revision, so I don’t need one more idea to add to my pile. At a rate of one book per year, I have enough ideas to take me well into my 70s.

Will you critique any genre?
I will. Storytelling and fiction writing have certain factors that are true across genres.