What Does Your Character Want?

When I was a teenager, I used to cut out pictures from magazines and comics and post them around my room.  Usually it was stuff like Batman or Wonder Woman or NSYNC, but occasionally it would just be an ad I liked.  One image in particular has stuck with me.  There’s a male model givingContinue reading “What Does Your Character Want?”

Write What You Know… Or Don’t

I tend to write a lot of fantasy, sci-fi and superhero stories.  Sadly, I have never been given super powers by a science experiment go wrong, nor have I ever been a werewolf or been to space. But, some days I fake it pretty well.  Or at least, my characters do. “Write what you know”Continue reading “Write What You Know… Or Don’t”

Finding Theme.

About two and a half years ago I went to a writer’s workshop taught by Kelly Sue DeConnick.  I talk about that workshop a lot, because it pretty much changed my life.  I had been writing for as long as I could remember, but that workshop was the first time I really started to seeContinue reading “Finding Theme.”

Short Story Elements: Themes

I’ve been studying up on what makes a good short story lately, as I work on my own short fiction and submit it for publication.  During this time I’ve learned a few things along the way that I wanted to share with you.  I have listened to several podcasts, watch youtube videos and read articlesContinue reading “Short Story Elements: Themes”

Productively Tools: RescueTime, Momentum, and Strict Workflow

If you are anything like me, you probably hop on the computer and at first you’re totally ready to write, but only after you check facebook.  And tumblr.  And several other sites that suck your time into the void, never to return. I won’t lie, I still do this, but I’ve found a few handyContinue reading “Productively Tools: RescueTime, Momentum, and Strict Workflow”

Fail Better: Part 2

The first post I wrote about this subject was mostly about what writers hear as they journey through their path to becoming published.  This post will be about how you can actually fail upward.  I’m not sure we can actually call it a failure, as long as you learn something. Over the past two yearsContinue reading “Fail Better: Part 2”

And we begin again.

I spent a lot of 2015 figuring out the direction I wanted for my life.  I actually started this blog about two years ago, but for the first year or so it  laid dormant, until a friend of mine asked if I would write a guest blog for his website’s blog (Which has some amazing/inspirationalContinue reading “And we begin again.”

Writing about Mental Illness

Last spring I had the pleasure of working on a fan comic project that was intended to give the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) a bit of well-deserved redemption.  Based on her portrayal over the last few decades, it is very likely that Wanda suffers from some form of mental illness, which directly effects her life,Continue reading “Writing about Mental Illness”

Writing Better Dialogue

We’ve all seen it at one time or another.  The writing could be amazing, great descriptions, good plot, but then the characters start to talk…. And they are either wooden or awkward or they all sound alike.  I believe even writers with a talent for dialogue would do well to go back and look atContinue reading “Writing Better Dialogue”

Being Concise vs. Being Descriptive

I actually don’t think that concise writing needs to be at odds with descriptive writing, but I often see writers who will add a lot of fluff to their writing.  Usually this is for one or two reasons.  They either want their writing to come off as poetic and full of flow, or they wantContinue reading “Being Concise vs. Being Descriptive”