An examination of writing styles: Pantsing, Snowflake, Edit as you go, Outliner.
From the rut of Act I to the resolution beyond Act III's climax.
"Our way is the old way," but is it the "dead" way?
Building a unique character from the inside out.
Yes, you read that title right. Exposing the character can risk the attachments the reader has made to your protagonist, but also increase their value. Risk makes life exciting and frustrating all at once. Maybe you put your heart on the line and come away with ache. Perhaps you like the thrill of gambling? Risk … Continue reading Risk the Reader, Expose the Character
Every book starts with a single idea. You may have met people that say, "I've got a great idea for a book!" And you say, "Tell me about it." Then, they enter a fifteen-minute discourse of jumbled thoughts and convoluted characters that are paper-thin and weak. But, that's okay, it's expected. I call this the … Continue reading The 5 W’s: A Spark of Thoughts
The focus of your character. In this blog, I will most likely polarize readers. Everyone–well, almost everyone–wants their hero or villain to be memorable in some form or another, and most mistake unforgettable with the nobility of cause or menacing aura. In a little while, I will analyze the elements, but for now, let’s explore … Continue reading In Focus: Categories for Characters
What puts you in the mood to write? Is it a sudden moment of inspiration? A nap? Watching a movie or TV show? Once you start writing, what keeps you there? I have found that my focus comes in the form of music while writing. Perhaps it is because I am a musician or that … Continue reading Setting the Mood With Music