“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” ― Anais Nin Seriously, do you know what constitutes courage? Some people think of it as the absence of fear. Some people say it is the ability to face the very thing you fear. But I often wonder if the ability to face fears can … Continue reading Courage
“Doubt is a virus that attacks our self-esteem, productivity and confidence. Faith that you and your life are perfectly unfolding is the strongest vaccine.” ― Sean Stephenson Sometimes I question whether or not I should continue to pursue a writing career. I have so man stories to tell, but I get distracted so easily. I … Continue reading Self Doubt
“Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you.” ― Frank Crane That's the truth. Anyone who has been writing for a long time, and hopefully some of those writing for a short time know this to be true. There are no … Continue reading Writing Rules
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― Albert Einstein So there's a saying: "You don't know what you don't know until you know it. Then you know." Pretty much I believe that … Continue reading What you don’t know. . .
“You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” ― Shirley Chisholm Writers write. Ask any writer. If they could stop writing, they probably would stop writing. For the rest of us, we write to still the voices in our heads. We write to get our … Continue reading About Writer’s Block
“Both desire and imagination are stored in the mind of the individual and when stretched, both have the potential to position a person for greatness.” ― Eric Thomas Storytellers who write what they know...what they have experienced, what they have observed in others, what they have lived through, and what they deal with on an … Continue reading Write What You Know
New parents spend time and energy choosing the perfect name for tier offspring. Some writers spend a few hours choosing a character name, and rightfully so. This is a declension which can mean the difference between success and failure for your character, or maybe even your book. You can choose a name that molds the … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Interviewing the hero is a good start, if that works for you. If not, I'm going to give you some guidelines about what a hero should--and shouldn't be, and how he might act. Remember, writing doesn't have a lot of "rules" per se, but if you want your hero to be likable, you will at … Continue reading How do I make that hero shine?
There are a lot of questions you'll be asking about developing any character. Some writers like to sit down and "interview" the characters they'll be working with over the course of a story. I am not one of those writers. Is is wrong to interview characters? Yes, and no. If you use this method to … Continue reading Defining Characters
As soon as you open your novel, on the very first page, in the very first line...what your character does and says will make or break him/her --and by association, you--as a writer. You only get this one chance to gimme a hero. He/she must be unique but ordinary, courageous but vulnerable, strong and weak … Continue reading Gimme a Hero…