Tackling one-sentence summaries for new ideas or completed works.
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
Let's talk about some of my favorite things, but like my aversion to simple and repetitive dialogue tags, my opinion seems to be in the minority. Perhaps I am a little old fashion, but there isn't anything wrong with that. I believe in holding doors open for a lady, paying for that first date, and … Continue reading An Old-Fashioned Opinion: Prologues, Epilogues, & Epigraphs
There’s a stereotype of the writer as anti-social: the hermit who locks himself away from the outside world, the recluse who goes off to a cabin in the woods to be alone with her manuscript and her thoughts. “I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit—that wouldn’t be enough—but like a dead man.” … Continue reading Feedback, Fellowship, Follow-Through
Think back to a movie where the character unexpectedly came to life. What memorable role was it? Who was the actor? How did that person seem larger than life? Thinking back to movies where the actor went beyond the expectations are seldom, but they are with us forever. Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight … Continue reading Flawed to the Core: Building Character
When discovering a new idea for a book, there are many factors involved, primarily: What is the story, and who is the story about? These two elements are the driving point of building a plot line. I am not advocating that you cannot create a storyline without knowing who your character is, but I am … Continue reading Five-Point Outline
Michael Phelps is one of the greatest swimmers in the world, but he only competes in certain relays. Usain Bolt is the fastest man alive, yet only enters select races. Why? Usain may be fast in the hundred meter, but stick him in a marathon, and he might not do so well. As a writer, … Continue reading A Writer’s Strength: Knowing Your Type