A couple of years ago my son informed me that he hated reading. Being an author, this made my heart hurt and I set out to fix this viewpoint by writing a story for him. I kept it short because he is young, but I did not spare him in language, plot, or character. I … Continue reading September Round Robin – Reading is Cool!
When we last visited the subject about what prompted our writing careers, I mentioned an assignment from the sixth grade where the teacher read the opening of a story and then told us to write what came next. While I still consider that assignment the launching point for my love-affair with the written word, there … Continue reading August Round Robin – Creation of a Writer
Anyone who's read my writing can tell you that I use violence a lot in my work. We don't call it that, though. We say it's "action-packed" and full of conflict because the word violence tends to connote negative things. And really, it should. As a parent, I find myself repeating the mantra that it … Continue reading Violence in Writing – July Round Robin
Slogging through the middle of my current work in progress I ran into a wall. Not just a wall, but a fortress insurmountable complete with lichen-covered stones and drizzles of what is likely the dumpings of the privy pot. I think my Muse lives up in that tower and takes great pleasure in the fact … Continue reading Faking Originality – June Round Robin 2018
This month's round robin is open for a bit of interpretation. The main thrust of the question is how you maintain continuity from start to finish in a novel. Which brings me to the title of the post - The 3/4 Mark. Over the years, I've discovered that my personal writing process requires a break … Continue reading The 3/4 Mark – May Round Robin
When I started Tapped I knew I was going to be working with a larger series. I knew I wanted religion outlawed and an underground railroad put in place for refugees. I wanted to pose questions that would take more than one book to fully answer. But I wanted it to mean something. You can … Continue reading April Round Robin Discussion – How do you establish a story/character/setting?
Characters are a bit like the writer's pox. Instead of itchy red dots all over our skin, we have itchy personalities peppering our minds. Some are louder than others and we end up scratching those first because no matter how many times we're told we shouldn't scratch, the itch cannot be ignored. As we scratch, … Continue reading What I Learn from my Characters – February 2018 Round Robin
Among the very first decisions I have to make when I come to the blank page is what point of view to use. Some people come up with a cool idea for the world their building or a new technological advancement they want to display, but for me it is always the character. Normally I … Continue reading Naked Characters – January Round Robin (2018)
Good characters should haunt you. They should linger with you long after you’ve finished the novel. If a character has been written correctly, you should see traces of them in the people you meet day to day. Perhaps your mother has a similar laugh or your friend at work has that same habit. Whatever it … Continue reading Haunting Characters
I haven't always loved to read. As a writer that seems like a scandalous admission but honestly, there had been too much going on inside my head for me to fully appreciate the work of other writers. In my defense, this was sometime between grammar school and high school, so when I say "younger" I … Continue reading What I Write vs. What I Read – July Round Robin