Ways I Hold Myself Back as a Writer

The average writer is his or her own worst enemy when it comes to motivation, discipline, and skill. We all have/had an age by which we wanted to be published, and for those of us who haven’t yet reached that goal, it can feel like we failed our own expectations. As a kid I was … Continue reading Ways I Hold Myself Back as a Writer

Who is Your Protagonist?

As I hem and haw about the possibility of participating in NaNoWrimo this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the protagonist of my in progress novel. He’s been the subject of a lot of controversy in the ream of critiques. He went from a supporting nobody to a guy with a full backstory, a … Continue reading Who is Your Protagonist?

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

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

Where I Kick Ass and Where I Suck Ass in Writing

I've ventured back to Scribophile to get some of them sweet, sweet critiques. And boy, I got critiques. My first chapter of my novel went over so much better this time around (it's been rewritten) than the first eighteen trillion times I submitted it. Now that it's not just one big ocean of hatred (I … Continue reading Where I Kick Ass and Where I Suck Ass in Writing

Show and Tell in Writing

If you submit your creative writing for critiquing, you’ll quickly become familiar with the phrase, “Show, don’t tell.” According to the modern critiquer, “telling” is an unspeakably evil act in the realm of creative writing. You must never tell. Always show. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, showing is more interesting for … Continue reading Show and Tell in Writing

To Infodump or not to Infodump

I worked on a neat little infographic for the better part of an hour, thinking I'd make this post pretty and succinct. Then I messed up the layout, got frustrated, and rolled with an entirely different blog post altogether. If you've been around the fiction-workshopping block a time or two million, you've heard of infodumping. … Continue reading To Infodump or not to Infodump

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

Flash Fiction – Mercenaries for Hire

More completely random fiction that could possibly be expanded upon if I decide to do so. Sonez Perray’s champagne colored hair fell loose from behind her ear, swinging into her view. She combed it back with her fingers, lifting her eyes from her tablet’s screen. The bar was more crowded now than when she’d arrived … Continue reading Flash Fiction – Mercenaries for Hire