Courage

  “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

Self Doubt

“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 many stories to tell, but I get distracted so easily. I … Continue reading Self Doubt

Writing from the heart

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupery This advice comes under the admonition of "write what you know". Some of the best and worst advice aspiring writers ever receive. When you are told to "write what you know" it … Continue reading Writing from the heart

How does that sound?

More on naming your characters. The sound of a name says it all. For the strong, alpha, bad boy, totally masculine character you will probably want a name that sounds sharp, short and strong. Names that garner attention. Bad boys, particularly villains, who deserve as much attention as heroes, have specific name needs.No villain should … Continue reading How does that sound?

About Writer’s Block

  “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

Write What You Know

  “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

Truth or Power?

  “All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche So all the rules you can't seem to help breaking today which will land you in plenty of hot water maybe perfectly acceptable tomorrow.  Just go with it. Things change. If … Continue reading Truth or Power?

Secondary Characters

How important are secondary characters? Very Important. Think for just a minute how you might see The Harry Potter series without Neville Longbottom. Or perhaps Pride and Prejudiced with Jane Bennett. Not so interesting, huh? Important to remember the names for secondary characters. They should not be similar to the hero or the heroines name. … Continue reading Secondary Characters

What’s in a Name?

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?

How do I make that hero shine?

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?