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The Wound (plus a book giveaway!)

Welcome to our monthly blog chat about the craft of fiction. Today, writing guru Sydney Smith and I talk about that great character driver – the psychological wound. 1,069 more words


How Television Taught Me To Write

Besides books, my other teacher in story has been television. Especially when it comes to character development. At first glance it may seem odd to say that, but stick with me. 292 more words


Unfulfilled Needs

Without conflict, there is no story. We’ve all heard it a million times. But what fuels the conflict? The unfulfilled need of your protagonist, of course. 359 more words


Book Review: Crafting the Character Arc by Jennie Jarvis

A quick Google search for writing advice will result in approximately 7 billion hits. That’s a craft article for every person on the planet. There is more writing about writing on the Internet than there is actual writing. 242 more words

Book Reviews

Nonwriters just don't get it...

I’ve been in writing overload mode for the last couple of days. Trying to complete NaNoWriMo (I’m not going to meet my 50,000 word goal) while finishing my second novel, #BLUR (I… 326 more words

Blog Posts

Where I Find My Character Inspiration

Not sure if I’ve written about this before, but with current events in Ferguson only a few miles from where I live, I figured I’d reinstate where I find inspiration. 906 more words


A Hero in Four Acts

In every story there are essentially four Acts a Hero goes through: Introduction of Problem, Searching for Answers, Fighting Back, and Sacrificing for Others. You will also hear this referred to as Intro, Hero as Wanderer, Hero as Warrior, Hero as Martyr. 790 more words