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CRAFT: The Power(ful) Wheels of Desire

Tell Me Your Desire So That I May Crush It: Desire as Character

-M.G. Knight

Let’s face it. As writers, one of the hardest things to do is hurt our precious characters. 2,080 more words


Back to the egg

The journey matters. That’s what a story is: the account of an ‘adventure’, be it a romp through demon-infested caverns or the tale of an old woman’s last days in splendid isolation. 396 more words


Are We There Yet - Pacing Your Narrative and Character Arc

It’s October, and that means it’s NaNoPrep month over at NaNoPlotMo. Check out the first workshop of the month on pacing and character arc, written by yours truly, and co-organizer, Grace Sabella, AKA… 3,537 more words

Creative Writing

New! Change your protagonist

My mind wanders into unexpected places sometimes and makes the oddest connections. Yesterday as I walked in the wood, I found myself observing the first changing leaves of autumn. 282 more words

Write Away!

First Draft...Now What?

First Draft…Now What?

Over on Scribophile, a writer finished his first draft and asked for help.  He worried that his story read more like a screen play than a novel because it had so much dialog.  324 more words


Hero Analysis: Flaws

Mariah Avix again posed a great question. What hero flaws are generally “okay” and don’t turn me off as a reader.

Thinking through this made me realize that in many, many novels I’ve read, the heroes don’t have too many flaws.  495 more words

How to Use Metaphor to Support Your Character's Arc

From the stories we tell to the way we grasp abstract concepts, figurative language is an integral part of the human experience. We equate objects to one another, changing an emotional struggle to an injured bird. 830 more words