Know Your Characters

Characters are the lifeblood the story. You can fabricate a setting that lives and breathes, but without characters to thrive in it, you do not have a story. Characters without characterization are all but useless. Don’t get me wrong: they can still carry out all the actions the story requires, bringing it from beginning to … Continue reading Know Your Characters

Why I Write

I read a Reader’s Digest article (from the September 2017 Genius Issue) describing the phenomenon of bestsellers growing “simpler” by the year. This is not a commentary on the article, but a few quick thoughts inspired by its subject matter. I’m also currently reading Moby Dick. I am not particularly enjoying the read --no offense … Continue reading Why I Write

Going After Inspiration

One of my favorite authors, Jack London, has a famous quote. He says, "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." This is often true. Think of inspiration as a cute white baby seal flopping aimlessly around on the ice, and of yourself as a bloodthirsty,  club wielding maniac. No, wait. … Continue reading Going After Inspiration

Writing Dialogue

English grammar is hard. It is exceedingly rare for a person to have a “perfect” grasp of the English language, especially when there are so many exceptions and so much encouragement to bend its already pliable rules. Even native speakers often struggle with writing. This post would be immense if I tried to cover all … Continue reading Writing Dialogue

Naming Fictional Characters

Some people put a lot of importance on character names. I’ve even heard people say they’ll put a book down if they don’t like the names in it. I, for one, do not feel this way. Being incapable of pronouncing a name doesn’t much deter me. I figure out how I think it’s said, and … Continue reading Naming Fictional Characters

How I Make Characters

I come up with characters quickly. By the time I’ve imagined them, I usually know the main premise of their personality and what I hope to accomplish with them. But there is more I need to know about a character than looks and main personality traits. Here is how I flesh them out into people … Continue reading How I Make Characters

Mystery Blogger Award

A huge thank you to MladenR at Writer to Writer Site for nominating me! I am flattered and thrilled beyond words to know you have enjoyed reading my blog! Yours is absolutely fantastic also and you would definitely be one of my nominees, but I don't think I'm supposed nominate the person who nominated me. … Continue reading Mystery Blogger Award

Present or Past Tense?

The first time I attempted my novel, it was in the third person POV and the main protagonist --the guy who narrates it in its current form --wasn't even a major character. Once I realized I wanted him telling the story and going on the adventure (and for some reason, I realized these things in … Continue reading Present or Past Tense?

10 Places to End a Novel Chapter

  Where and how you end a novel chapter can have a major influence on whether or not the reader feels invested enough to finish the book. If it's too long, they may feel they don't have time to read it. If it's unexciting, they may not care enough to read the next chapter. So, … Continue reading 10 Places to End a Novel Chapter