Writing as Yourself and No One Else

Writing as Yourself and No One Else

Recently I read a fabulous book. It pulled me in, and I couldn’t stop. Why? Because everything was written as it should be. I fell for the characters. The setting dazzled me. The book was a typical 300+ page length, but felt altogether too short because I wanted to live with these characters forever. As […]

Creating Characters Using the “Magic If”

Creating Characters Using the “Magic If”

In college I was a theatre geek (notice how I spelled the word “theatre”… the correct way 😉 ). For a while, I was a Theatre Education major. During this time, I learned about the theatre “greats,” one being Konstantin Stanislavski. Studious-lookin’ guy, isn’t he? We learned a lot about how he revolutionized acting methods. In […]

The Reason for Cyclical Writing

The Reason for Cyclical Writing

I’m plotting a book. Yes. I’m a plotter. 100%. Here is a picture of the current book I’m plotting. Needless to say, I’m up to my eyeballs in sticky-note-plot-points, planning worksheets, mini-brainstorming posts with critique partners, etc. And for a reason I couldn’t understand, I found myself being too cyclical in my plot. Cyclical writing […]

4 Tips for Showing Emotion in Your Story

4 Tips for Showing Emotion in Your Story

In my current work-in-progress, I have characters taking a dangerous journey that tests their stamina and critical-thinking skills. Along the way, they have to come to terms with demons from their pasts, which brings up a slew of different emotions. I’ll be honest with you; it’s tough to find enough ways to show emotion without sounding circular or […]