How To Master Your Plot

The Plot Thickens Picture it: You’re having one of the best writing days you’ve had in weeks. Your fingers are flying, words are bombarding the blank page with reckless abandon. Sentences become paragraphs become scenes become chapters. You’re loving it. It’s the most brilliant prose anyone has ever composed. And Bam! You hit a wall. … Continue reading How To Master Your Plot

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Writing Basics: Why Your Characters Should Speak For Themselves

Take this moment and pause. I know you can hear them. The voices in your head. Talking to you. Telling you things. How others are thinking, feeling. Listen to them. Every writer I know has the gift/curse of voices in their head that are not their own. Note: This  is not to make fun of … Continue reading Writing Basics: Why Your Characters Should Speak For Themselves

Little Things = Big Blunders – I’m Over on Dan Alatorre’s Blog Today! #guestblogging

Sometimes, it’s the simple things that can derail your story. Little story gremlins wreak havoc on an otherwise smooth operation. Hard to spot? Yes. Easy to fix? Absolutely – though it can be time consuming. Don’t fret, there is hope. Once upon a time, I was an airplane mechanic. Of the Avionics variety. This meant […] … Continue reading Little Things = Big Blunders – I’m Over on Dan Alatorre’s Blog Today! #guestblogging

Dragons Are Real, and They Are Coming

Kev allowed me to crash his blog again! How awesome is that? You can read the rest on his site - and also check out all the other great posts he has over there. “Dragons are real, and they’re coming.” I shook while I knelt before the hearth and crackling fire. How could they be … Continue reading Dragons Are Real, and They Are Coming

Writing Basics: Finding Your Voice – The How and The Why

A while back, I started writing about foundational writing rules with my Writing Basics: How You Should Structure Your Story. Today, I'm going to continue with a subject equally foundational, maybe more so: Finding Your Writer's Voice. First, what do I mean when I say "your writer's voice"? Your style. Your uniqueness. The way you … Continue reading Writing Basics: Finding Your Voice – The How and The Why