I love a good bad guy. Always have, always will. For me, and for many other readers, the strength of a story lives or dies on the strength of the villain. After all, why bother rooting for a hero who doesn’t have to overcome anything? Where’s the fun in watching Frodo casually pop over to … Continue reading Introducing Evil: Crafting a Villain
It's easy to find yourself pulled in many directions. In a multimedia/ social media world you can get swept up in the flood of news and information. Face it, politics, weather, justice, memes, family issues, etc are a part of our everyday and there's no way to escape it all. With that being known what … Continue reading Spending Your Energy Wisely
“A joke is like building a mousetrap from scratch. You have to work pretty hard to make the thing snap when it is supposed to snap.” –Kurt Vonnegut Looking for ways to add more humor to your writing? Here are three ideas! #1: Use Funny Words Fiddledeedee Hornswoggle Spelunker Lackadaisical Persnickety … Continue reading 3 Ways to Add More Humor to Your Writing
Right after I signed with my agent, I had a minor panic attack. Until that point, I’d always told myself that I loved writing and I always made time for it, but I’d convinced myself that I could walk away from it and think of it as a hobby. Signing with my agent made me … Continue reading Ways to Study Craft
The question I get asked the most is how I get so much writing done. Quick background on me, I am a mother of three (six if you count the pets, and seven if you count the husband), run an editing company, and host a weight loss support group. My day is completely booked from … Continue reading #amwriti—SQUIRREL!
The best bit of writing advice I’ve heard in ages came from a podcast that isn’t about writing at all. It’s about Hollywood and the film industry and I listen to it every day and I’m endlessly fascinated. But two weeks ago as I listened, I was absolutely lit up with a sense of recognition, … Continue reading You’ll Never See It on the Page
First, a disclaimer: The Netflix series Stranger Things may or may not be suitable viewing for your middle-grade-age child. That’s totally your call. The aim of today’s post is to highlight the winning elements that Stranger Things and middle grade fiction share in common. If you haven’t yet seen or heard of Stranger Things, it’s … Continue reading The Middle Grade Magic of Stranger Things