Monthly archives: December, 2017

Baby Steps to Giant Strides

This is it, y’all. The end of another year. It’s too soon for some, and not soon enough for others. To me, this year has felt very transformational. I’m in a completely different place today than I was on Dec. 31, 2016. And I mean that in so many ways. I’ve got a new day …

The Ones You Love to Hate

That’s right. This week I’m talking about ~those~ characters. The agents of chaos and change that cause so many problems for your Main Character. Those folk that leave destruction, heartache, and growth in their wake. Villains. What is it that makes a good villain? What combination of traits and personalities, thoughts and deeds swirl together …

Writers’ Toolbox: Prompt Writing to Get Your Story Started

“You have to start somewhere to get somewhere good.” I often hear people say they can’t imagine writing because they don’t know how to think up stories. When I started attending speculative fiction conventions again in 2012, I participated in Allen Wold’s introductory workshop, and it set me on fire. Figuratively. Allen’s approach is simple: …