Writing believable dialogue has always been one of the hardest things to do as a fiction writer. For someone for whom conversation in the real world is… Read more “Enrich Your Fiction: Crafting Believable Dialogue”
Strong female characters are central figures in literature. Just like women today, they have jobs and pastimes of a wide variety. Fantasy, which descends from Gothic literature,… Read more “Literary Trend Spotting: Female Assassins”
Naming a human is perhaps one of the most significant things we do as already living humans, or so I gather. At this point, I don’t have… Read more “Enrich Your Fiction: What’s in a (Nick)name”
Society doesn’t hesitate to tell a woman how to act, how to dress, how to look and how to be. You’re either a bitch or a sweetheart… Read more “Literary Trend Spotting: Tough Women”
Hello, friends! Today I’m excited to share that I’m writing to you from my completed writing room! We’re getting settled in our new place and I finally… Read more “Antihero vs Unlikable Hero”
Do your characters ever feel like an extension of yourself? Mine certainly do, if nothing more than the heroines are typically people who I aspire to be, possessing the bravery to stand up for what they believe in and for others.
But what about characters that are very different from you? Race, or the lack of diversity in stories, has been a topic of particular note in recent years. But what about gender and sexuality?
Why do we classify and categorize things and why has this practice seeped into the way we present our characters in certain types of stories? It all comes back to how we’re wired.
What makes a house (or apartment, loft or some other domicile) into a home? Is it the people you come home to? The memories you make there?… Read more “Moving as a Dynamic Plot Point”
Well, Withered World is officially being formatted and it’s time to start over and begin from scratch. And I mean REALLY start over. For both Withered World… Read more “Starting Over”
What’s in a name? So very much. In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet asks, “Wherefore art thou Romeo?” So many people misinterpret the wherefore as “where are you?”… Read more “Enrich Your Fiction: What’s in a Name?”