What do you like in a story? Have you ever thought about it? And by that, I mean more than for a few seconds. Have you ever sat down and made a list of the things you enjoy about the stories you read? I read Chris Baty's book, No Plot, No Problem last week. For … Continue reading What do you like in a story?
Aliens have invaded our home. Last week my husband decided I needed some classic sci-fi material logged into my brain for recall later. Ships. Robots. Technology. Things like that to stick in the back of my mind for general reference. Feedback from my writing group over the last two short stories I wrote hinted at … Continue reading Feeding the Sci-Fi Muse
Last week, the University of Iowa's International Writing Program launched their MOOC How Writers Write Fiction (if you're interested in signing up, just click on the link). I took this course last year and thought it was fantastic, so I've signed up for it again. Unfortunately, the class isn't even a week old and I'm already behind. … Continue reading Using Objects in Writing
If you're visiting for the first time, you might notice my tagline says 'Awesome Author of Imaginary Tales'. It says it on my business cards, too. Today, I want to talk about that word, 'awesome'. No, I'm not entitled--at least I don't think I am. Well, okay maybe, just a little. I believe if you … Continue reading Awesome is the New Judgment
Last Thursday I ran across an amazing podcast from Joanna Penn and Todd Henry. It began with two little words: Die Empty. Contrary to the photo, it's not as creepy as it sounds. What's it all about? Turns out, the graveyard is the most valuable place in the world. Not the Louvre, a luxury hotel in … Continue reading Dying Empty
During my time at university, and while at the police academy, we were forced to attend courses from a slew of experts. Some of them were downright kill-me-now boring. Others were a little more interesting, and a few were captivating. If gore or weapons were on the agenda, it was standing room only. For me, the … Continue reading A Writer’s Brief Guide to Personality Types