Tackling one-sentence summaries for new ideas or completed works.
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
"I would love to write... but I just don't have the time!" I've lost track of how many times I've heard this from friends and co-workers who express an interest in creative writing. I've caught myself saying similar things as well. But the sad fact is, most of us are habitual liars. “Don’t let perfect … Continue reading Good vs the Goal
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
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 (PG-13)