Category Archives: Character Development

Superheros and Gender Stereotyping

Last week at the “Life, the Universe, and Everything” science fiction and fantasy symposium, I attended a presentation by Andrew Bahlman titled “Superheros and Gender; What it is and why it matters.”  I enjoyed it so much that I would … Continue reading

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NaNo 2014 – Keeping Momentum

Congratulations, if you are still keeping up with NaNoWriMo you are entering the home stretch. For those who are keeping up with the daily goals, today you should be passing the 31,000 word mark – way to go! If you … Continue reading

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Problems with being a Pantser

There are two camps when it comes to first drafts, the planner camp and the pantser camp.  Planners have all the details of their story figured out before they start and pantsers start with one or two great ideas and … Continue reading

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Leave the 180s For Thrill Seekers

In skateboarding and other sports when someone jumps and turns in the air so that the opposite foot is forward, it is called a 180.  It’s a fun stunt and looks cool.  A 180, meaning 180 degrees, comes from the degrees … Continue reading

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You Call That a Sequel?

As a family we recently bagged our cable and are now at the mercy at what Netflix and Amazon prime has to offer.  This isn’t a bad thing. All the screaming that came with my kiddos seeing commercials for things … Continue reading

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Odd Writer Terminology: Character Foils

As with any occupation, fiction writing comes with its own set of unique and sometimes bizarre terminology complete with acronyms and words stolen from other trades. Most of these terms refer to specific literary devices. Today we are going to … Continue reading

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Writing Suspense

The great thing about attending a conference is being able to sit and listen to different lectures about all sorts of different topics.  Even better, I get to use my notes to share what I learned with you, my dear … Continue reading

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Descriptive Prose

This last weekend I attended a writer’s conference and listened to all sorts of excellent classes talking about the craft.  One of the classes that influenced me and my writing the most was a class on descriptive prose presented by the … Continue reading

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Writing the Iceberg

  There’s a meme floating around the writing world that shows a picture of an iceberg.  It labels the top part, “The Movie” and the bottom part, “The Book.” Icebergs, and indeed all ice, share the phenomenon where most of … Continue reading

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Update: Stonebearer’s Betrayal

These last few weeks I’ve buckled down and been working through a draft of my novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal.  I’ve finally reached the phase where the story has taken its final shape and now it’s a matter of making all the … Continue reading

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