Don’t Lose Childlike Wonder
My three-year-old tells me stories about crocodiles. She loves them. Not as though she wants one as a pet, but she loves using them as villains.
Magic Systems In Novels Are Great
Which may seem weird because I don't really write fantasy. But magic systems are much more than just magic. A magic system envisions the richer, deeper roots of the world and explores how each root connects beneath the surface of the story.
What can you learn from the classics?
Can you learn anything from reading the classics?
What’s the Point of Character Anyway?
Character has taken on many iterations over the years. They are often considered the protagonist when we first think about character in our stories but character is anyone who passes through.
Writer's Block or a Creative Opportunity?
Writer's Block is an Opportunity
Your Writing Is a Contract with the Reader
Most often, the books I read guide me to the type of book they are in the first paragraph, first page, or at least by the end of the first chapter. Think about how the first paragraph of a book sets the scene or the mood, not only for what's taking place at that moment but also pointing to the mood of the book beyond those early pages. ...
Life is too short to read a bad book
Life is too short to read a bad book.
Writers Can't Really Work from Anywhere
If you're a writer, you can't really work from anywhere.