The 5 W’s: A Spark of Thoughts

Tackling one-sentence summaries for new ideas or completed works.

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Risk the Reader; Expose the Character

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

An Old-Fashioned Opinion: Prologues, Epilogues, & Epigraphs

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

Feedback, Fellowship, Follow-Through

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