The Silent Character

As I worked on Apprentice Cat, I've began noticing something interesting.  In each scene there are the characters that are talking, acting, thinking or just hanging around, but they are there.  I point them out as being there.  Then there are characters who are there, but not there.  These are what I've come to call "silent … Continue reading The Silent Character

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Blogging: Are You Wasting Your Time?

I don't think there is anyone who would disagree that blogging on a regular basis is a must, but why? What is your purpose for blogging? If it's to make money, then you'll need to check out Problogger, follow his guidelines, and use as many of the resources he has on his web site as … Continue reading Blogging: Are You Wasting Your Time?

Characters: Memorable Minors And Rounded Majors

As I was test driving the Storybook software I downloaded a while back, trying to decide if it will be as good a writing tool as Scrivener, I suddenly discovered that I have no idea what the difference is between a major and a minor character. They've all just been characters, with the exception of … Continue reading Characters: Memorable Minors And Rounded Majors

Avoiding Dragons With a Training Budget

How often have you overspent on a "deal" that was guaranteed to help increase your income, but left you broke instead? How many times have you lacked the funds necessary to buy that eBook that could teach you ways to improve your marketing strategy? If you're like most Independent Authors, myself included, the times for … Continue reading Avoiding Dragons With a Training Budget

Following Your Passion

Welcome to Toolbox Saturday where you'll find tools for various things from writing to whatever. I just finished another scene of Apprentice Cat. Wahoo!! Each day I get just a little closer to finishing the entire book. That makes me feel great. There are days when I wondered if I was doing what I'm supposed … Continue reading Following Your Passion

Is God Necessary In Christian Fiction?

In Mike Duran's post How Do We “Glorify God” in Our Writing? I discovered I wasn't the only person asking if you can write a Christian story without specifically mentioning God. As Mike points out, it seems most Christian writers (and I would say most Christians) think you absolutely must include God specifically in a story in order for it to … Continue reading Is God Necessary In Christian Fiction?

Rough Drafts Aren’t The Only Things That Need Editing

As I continue wrestling with my WIP, Apprentice Cat, using Larry Brooks' Story Engineering strategies, I've suddenly realized it's not just the writing I'll need to edit. Pantsers know (or should know) that they'll be writing draft after draft in order to get the story just right. Plotters, on the other hand, use different methods … Continue reading Rough Drafts Aren’t The Only Things That Need Editing