I love and hate writing “side-kicks.” These are the secondary characters who are useful and/or required for success in a novel. I love them because they give me a place to explore depths my protagonist doesn’t have or a sounding board for my protagonist to discuss aspects of the novel. I hate them because I struggle… Continue reading Character Profile: The successful sidekick
What should I do when I have 3 possible endings/sequels?
I haven’t been doing NaNoWriMo this year. It’s upsetting on some levels, but I just couldn’t balance Moving-Into-House Nov 1st (which was really like the whole first week, let’s be honest), Election-Grief (and yes, I’ve got all stages of grief for my country still), Georgia burning down (seriously: click here to see pictures of the smoke… Continue reading Writing: Story Ideas
Most people I know (as adults) never admit to nightmares. Or at least not regularly. I do. In the litany of options for “why didn’t I sleep well last night” I have two: breathing and brain. The breathing one is obvious and there are options for treatment that make sense (better living through chemistry as… Continue reading Memories: Nightmares
Something a lot of young authors do (myself included) is the “Mary Sue/Marty Stu” difficulty. Another common problem is the “perfect response.” Flaws are important, but even more important is what a character does when they confront that fear. This is something I am trying to incorporate more in my own writing: the response. This… Continue reading Writing: Confronting Fear
I sometimes write in circles. No, not literally. I sometimes circle back around to something I wrote ages ago (I have this box that is all hand-written stuff from high school. It’s a little gross actually…). The worst part: when I didn’t finish the story. This isn’t uncommon (I know- “bad writer”!). I know I… Continue reading Writing: I’m mad at me
History is full of ranks and titles. With those ranks came specific honorifics (tribute) which people gave to denote their respect to that rank. Emperor King Duke Marquee Admiral Commander Lord Honorable Grace Liege When writing historical fiction, I think it’s important to keep titles accurate. Why would anyone ever call a king “my lord”? Is… Continue reading Writing: Tributes & Titles