Hidden Gems and Little Darlings

What makes you uncomfortable with or defensive about your story is worth looking at closely for two reasons: 1) it could be a hidden gem, or 2) it could be a little darling. Hidden Gems Sometimes as we write our subconscious seeds our stories with hidden gems, like how or where your protagonist will find the answer to his … Continue reading Hidden Gems and Little Darlings


6 Links For Creating Better Characters

I am not a fan of drama. However, against my better judgement, I took the advice Les Edgerton gives in Hooked and rented Thelma & Louise in order to learn about how to create a "proper" inciting incident and the resulting escalating conflicts. I wish I could say the movie pleasantly surprised me, but it didn't. … Continue reading 6 Links For Creating Better Characters

4 Links To Overcome Publishing Despair

The road to publication is filled with pain and tears... bloodshed... mayhem.... I'm being melodramatic here. Of course, that could just be that I've recently read several posts about how painful the publication process can be and how difficult it is to write good fiction. Here's a small sampling: "This is literally years of work you're seeing. … Continue reading 4 Links To Overcome Publishing Despair