First-Person Narration: Hardships and Possible Triumphs

My Struggles with Writing in First-Person I explained a bit on my website about this experience with my current WIP. The largest reason is my lack of experience writing in first-person (third was always a personal favorite, especially when it’s limited), but also the laziness that crept in. If you’re a … Continue Reading →


Writing Playlist: Songs of Strength

I recently attended a memorial service for someone gone far too soon. The loss of one so beloved, plus my friends, bereaved but staying strong, have inspired me to focus more closely on what matters in my life. I never took myself to be the sort of person who takes … Continue Reading →


Give Your Readers What They Want, Part 4: Intellectual Challenge

“Some want the tales to be like puzzles they have to solve. These works don’t worry about explaining themselves. They present reality in an amazingly complicated way, on their own terms.“ The Gotham Writers Workshop Think of a story you absolutely love–fiction, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction. Think about … Continue Reading →


Give Your Readers What They Want, Part 3: Laugh and Wit

In the words of Cosmo Brown: MAKE ‘EM LAUGH. With all of the sadness, negativity, and struggle that you put your characters (and YOUR READERS) through, please, make them laugh–or, as Joss Whedon said, “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell … Continue Reading →


Give Your Readers What They Want, Part 2: Positive Social Change

Positive Social Change Not that I need to say any of this, but there’s a LOT happening in the world today, and sometimes it can be difficult to find hope in humanity. This is where you, as a writer, step into your superhero suit, ignite your heroic emblem across the … Continue Reading →