If you were planning on going on a month long vacation, would you leave without mapping out your route? Would you take a single step out of the house if you had no idea where you were going? No! So why is it people start writing novels without plotting? A novel is a multi-year commitment; … Continue reading Mapping Out Your Journey – Plotting, Part I
This is the first chapter of a mystery-thriller series I've just started working on. The series focuses on Bartholomew 'Thorn' Briar who works as an agent for East Coast Eninone Assistance. (I'll explain more about the ECEA and Eninones in a later post. All you need to know is that 'Eninone' is my word for … Continue reading The Grisly Files of Bartholomew Briar
That, my friend, is an excellent question, and one I've asked myself many times. The simple answer is: however long it takes to tell your story. But what should I aim for? It all depends on what you’re writing and who your audience is. If you’re writing a children's story it should be around 10,00 … Continue reading How Long Should My Story Be?
The protagonist is certainly the most important character in a story, next to the antagonist of course, but what about the side characters? They're just there as useful plot points to further the main character along, right? Right? Heck no. Every side character in the main character in their own story. You're telling their story … Continue reading Side Characters
The punishment for poaching in the Huntsmen's forest is death by banishment, and that becomes Emily's looming future when she's framed for running a fur trading business. Cast into the dark woods, filled with prowling predators, and poisoned by her betrothed, her chances of survival for even more than a night seem nonexistent. And then … Continue reading The Wolves of Wullferg Keep
I apologize in advance for the brevity of this post. My life has been absolutely crazy these past few weeks because of travel, college shopping (Yay!), and attempting to catch up on math (Shoot me. It would be less painful.) I have like two brain cells left with which to communicate at the moment. Sorry. … Continue reading The Truth About Goats
Yes, yes, I know. It's not Saturday. Well too bad. I own this blog and get to do whatever I want. The reason I'm posting this now, is because it's important.....and I have blog posts written and scheduled for all of June and the beginning of July and I can't wait. I've been working at … Continue reading The Problem With Lupe