Unfulfilled Needs

Without conflict, there is no story. We’ve all heard it a million times. But what fuels the conflict? The unfulfilled need of your protagonist, of course. The need of your protagonist must be deep enough to get you through your entire story. It also has to be something the reader can relate too, otherwise evenContinue reading “Unfulfilled Needs”

Creative Head Space

Many writers are able to schedule time to write at the same time each day of the week. Having a set time prepares your mind to be creative and to get into the mood. Other’s create a space in their home or office where the magic happens. Their brain kicks into creative mode when theyContinue reading “Creative Head Space”

Point of View

When you craft a scene in a character’s POV, every line in that scene has to feel as though it is being processed, chewed, and spit out by that character. Everything that happens in that scene is witnessed, experienced, felt, and reacted to by that character. And so, even the narrative must have “voice.” CSContinue reading “Point of View”

Choose Words that Characterize

Trying to convey how we feel with words can be difficult. You sit with the feeling and think about the words that attempt to express it. Nothing really does though. They come close, but something is always missing. I’ve spent hours trying to find the right words, construct the right sentence, and make other’s feelContinue reading “Choose Words that Characterize”

Why Write?

Ever writer has a different reason for writing, and each work in progress (WIP) has its own unique spin on the ultimate reason for writing. If you don’t know why you write, you will lose your motivation and your WIP will languish in a closet and never be finished. One reason is not better thanContinue reading “Why Write?”

The perfect couple

Running and Writing sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g, First comes love, then comes marriage, Then comes baby in the baby carriage. I may be a little biased, but running and writing are the perfect couple. They rarely fight or argue. The weakness of one is the strength of the other. Writing requires a lot ofContinue reading “The perfect couple”

Cover Creations

Wow! I have a new level respect for cover designers. Seriously, I have been trying to learn to use Adobe Photoshop to create covers for my books and it is not as easy as I thought it would be to pick up. I understand the ideas behind it, but trying to remember where everything is,Continue reading “Cover Creations”

Connection is Essential

We all seek a connection with others. Without it we stagnate and go through life performing the same actions without meaning. Connection is what makes everything we do worth doing. The digital age is here and it has changed the way people connect to one another. In some ways, this has been positive, and inContinue reading “Connection is Essential”

do you want your readers to change?

As writers, we want our books to influence others or at least resonate on a deep level. Over this last week, I’ve ran into the above question twice. Both times, it has really caused me to pause and think about it. Initially, I thought I don’t want my readers to change, but within a secondContinue reading “do you want your readers to change?”

Failure is an event not a personality trait

We have to be willing to risk failure to truly live and give back to the world. If there was no risk of failure involved, then there was no challenge to begin with. Everything I do, I do with all the fervor and passion I can muster. I give it all that I have, yesContinue reading “Failure is an event not a personality trait”