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Break at your own Peril

One of the oldest “Rules” of writing out there is: “Write what you know.” Naturally, once you get into genre fiction, this doesn’t hold water under any kind of close inspection. If we all stuck with writing about what we knew, stories featuring faster than light travel, Dragons, magic, and galaxies far, far away simply …

Heading off into the Weeds

Ok, I’m sure that you’ve all heard this phrase at one point or another. Generally, it is used to refer to a point where you’ve veered so far off topic that you’re not getting anywhere. But I’d like you to take a few moments to consider what might be out there. While you’re doing that, …

Found Families

Happy Sunday, everyone! This time around, I’d like to talk about Found Families. You’re probably already aware of what these are, but for those of you that don’t know, let me take a few moments to define what I mean here. A found Family is made up of individuals that are not related by blood, …

Reverse Writer’s Guilt?

I’m sure you’ve already heard of Writer’s Guilt. For those of you that haven’t, it’s that feeling that you get when you know you should be writing, but aren’t. The reason why you aren’t writing doesn’t matter. What matters is that, physically, you could be writing, but you aren’t. It could be that you’ve decided …

Character Agency

“So What Cha Want?” -Beastie Boys “The question isn’t what are we going to do. The question is what Aren’t we going to do?” -Ferris Bueller When you talk about writing characters or talk about characters, in general, sooner or later you talk about Agency. You do this whether you know what Agency is or …

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Happy Sunday Y’All. If you’re in my neck ‘O the woods, you’re buried under nearly a foot of snow with a layer of ice on top of it and you’ve got stuff to do that involves going outside… So I’m blogging instead*. Today I’d like to talk about something other than writing…Kind of. Every now …

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: …

Will you or won’t you?

There was a stretch – certainly nothing recent – where I wrote every day for 144 straight days. It started out as a way of trying to measure my productivity. For those of you that don’t know, I am a big fan of using spreadsheets. Which is kinda funny, because if I had to rely …