I’m sitting at Powell’s at the moment. Today’s avoidance technique is research for a book that I may or may not write… … Read More The Lazy (and Cheap) Writer’s Guide to Research
Writing strengths — every successful writer either has them or develops them over time.… Read More Eight Writing Strengths
Writers sometimes lament that they’ve run out of ideas, or can’t think of a story line for a particular character. If that sounds like you, all you need to do is look at the people around you. Every person on earth has a story. Sometimes it’s all right there in the open where the person… Read More Stories Everywhere
Yep, like it or not, we will soon be entering the holiday season. Whether this makes you happy or not, this opens up possibilities for writers. One rule for writers has always been you must read. That’s because reading not only lets you understand what others are writings and keeps you up on trends, it… Read More 6 Things Writers Should Remember at the Holidays
(This blog entry was scheduled for yesterday. My apologies for its late delivery!) Endings are the absolute worst for me. If I screw up a manuscript, it’ll be because of two reasons: 1. I’m not delving deeply enough into the characters and it feels like there are scenes missing, or 2. I’ve rushed the ending.… Read More The Ending
We love to hate ’em. They stir the plot pot so well.
They scheme, they connive. They make plans and actions to trip up the beloved main characters.
But someone has to love the bad guy (or girl!) … Read More Love Your Antagonist
Personally I enjoy books that utilize plot twists. It’s a magnificent feeling to read a book and BAM! Everything changes! Holy moly!
Of course, the plot twist has to be within reason. The best writers can create a believable situation and completely turn it upside down in a manner that makes sense. … Read More Doing Plot Twists the Right Way