With great power comes great responsibility. This is more than just a quote from Spider-man. It is a very real sentiment that reminds me that actions have… Read more “The Power of Storytelling”
When you read or discuss a book in a classroom setting or even with a friend or family member, inevitably you will find yourself talking about the… Read more “Symbolism and Themes in Writing”
Right now, NightWind is with my first beta reader. As I sit and wait for feedback, I find myself in the middle of a period of reading,… Read more “Toeing that History/Fiction Line”
Kansas City received a real treat last weekend. The Kansas City Public Library brought Tracy K. Smith, the poet laureate of the United States to do a… Read more “Writers of the World: Tracy K. Smith”
Have you ever noticed that many writers are plagued by self-doubt and imposter syndrome? Is it something you’ve ever dealt with? I’ve been back at work on… Read more “First Drafts and Self Doubt”
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?
Lots of writing references out on the internet say crafting a villain should be fun. It’s the time when we can let our most devious thoughts loose… Read more “Crafting the Perfect Villain”
Happy Book Birthday to yours truly. October 1 is the “official” publication date for Withered World! I hope you will take some time to check out this… Read more “Happy Publication Day!”
Okay, after much whining and complaining, I finally finished draft number 2! I’m shooting for a September 1 publication date and upon doing a quick read-through before… Read more “The Second Finish Line”
Last week I mentioned that I was considering cutting the first 20,000 words of Withered World. This week I’m standing by that revelation and following through on… Read more “Enrich your Fiction: Letters”