Learn the power of nonlinear narratives, and how the best authors this tool to create themes and highlight character arcs!
Point of view is the term used to describe who the author chooses to tell their story. But really, and more importantly, it’s who your reader is engaging with. Learn all the secret to crafting a perfect POV character for your story!
Learn what makes a perfect dynamic hero, or villain, and what sets dynamic characters apart from the other main types of characters.
Do you know what I hate? Spoilers. A few years back when a new Star Wars movie hit theaters someone on my social media posted a huge spoiler. For fun. Some people just want to see the world burn. But, why do we get so upset by spoilers? I think Continue Reading
This week I was lucky enough to score a guest post over at author Elizabeth Craig’s blog. I wrote on a subject I’m painfully familiar with- Rejection. More specifically, How to Survive Rejection. Please check it out, and all the other great posts on Elizabeth’s blog. Consider this a companion Continue Reading
I always love a good mystery. It’s a genre that takes immense skill to write, but if you get it right your career is set! That’s why I’ve been searching for a great mystery writer to feature on this blog. Lucky for you, I found one. Elizabeth S. Craig Continue Reading
Villains are people too. And the very best villains are the ones that we, the reader, kind of, secretly like. Oh, it’s horrible, isn’t it? We see these bad boys running around shooting up banks, taking hostages, and demanding ransom. Wearing their cool jackets (usually). All the while were thinking: Continue Reading
What is a MacGuffin? Well, Wikipedia defines MacGuffin as… Just kidding. When you hear the word MacGuffin think motivation. That’s all MacGuffins are. A thing for your characters to chase after. A plot device, usually in the form of an object, that propels the action of your story. MacGuffins are Continue Reading
Writing your first novel is freaking hard. Actually, that’s an understatement. Sixty-thousand words. Hundreds upon hundreds of pages of story. A pure creative effort that can stand on its own. How does that even happen? Think of all the things that go into a good story. Intriguing characters, a gripping Continue Reading
What is an Inciting Incident? Put simply, an inciting incident is a story event that sets off the conflict of your plot. Everything that comes before your inciting incident is what we call exposition. Here, you’re giving your reader background information on characters, setting, etc. Will talk more about exposition Continue Reading