One of the things I love about writing is the people I meet. Writing is a solitary craft, for the most part, so most of those people reside in my head in one form or another. Writing is a creative [...]
We all have baggage. Monday, I talked about packing only what you need, even if you have tons more stuff. The same goes for characters.
As authors, we are lucky to be able to create characters whole cloth. Our characters will [...]
As an author, I get to put my characters in any location I want, because I’m the author, that’s why (oh, was I supposed to resist saying that? Oops ::blush:: )
But the right location may not be the “best” location [...]
My kids fight for fun. When I’ve had it, I tell ‘em to take it outside. When I’ve had it with writing, I gotta take my own advice.
I don’t get to read much for pleasure anymore. I read for analysis, [...]
When you’re building the world of your plot, you have to wear many hats. You have to see the future in several different iterations, you have to be a number of different characters, and you have to identify consequences sometimes [...]
Today, I’m speaking to everyone in my life, as well as everyone who happens upon this blog, to tell you that writing can be a lonely business. You sit around all day with only the people in your head for [...]
If you’ve ever had a glorious stretch of time in front of you (or a hurried ten minutes) and sat down (or stood up) to power through your daily word count only to know you were doomed from the first [...]
How many of us live in the perfect family? Show of hands?
Yeah, didn’t think so. Your family’s a bunch of circus freaks, just like mine. While every teenager thinks this, there are some of us who know…the kid’s got a [...]
We’re gardeners, we writers are. We introduce characters that poke up their personalities like tender green shoots from fertile wood pulp (or pixels). Expose them to sunlight and watch them slowly reveal more and more of their makeup. Pelt them [...]