Feature Friday: I Need a Hero/ Villain/ Sidekick.

There’s been some discussion going about my social media regarding villains. I don’t write villains. I’ve never written a villain (no, not even Ellie the Evil Queen is a villain). Here’s why: a good villain isn’t a villain; they are the foil to your hero. A good villain, in another book, might be your hero. I also don’t write sidekicks. Sidekicks have their own story going on. That story is every bit as important as the heroes story. Just don’t tell the hero. Sidekicks tend to be a lot lower on the ego scale than heroes. Take a look at your WIP. If you’re writing a romance, you may not┬áhave a villain, but you’ll still have a foil to your main character. Look carefully at your villain/antagonist, love interest(s), and sidekicks. Do they have a backstory? It doesn’t need to be in the story, but you need to know a little bit about them. Do you know their personality type or motivations? If Myers-Briggs is too much, do a simple zodiac bit or a character archetype. Then do a little twist so the character isn’t just a stock character. (I hate stock characters.) If you’ve ever played at tabletop gaming,…

Teaser Thursday: Oops
Teaser Thursday / June 2, 2016

A) I’m late B) This isn’t a real post, either. Some of you may know that my Writer has decided to add “macular degeneration” to my list of character attributes in an attempt to make me more well-rounded. (If you didn’t know, now you do.) Because of this, I usually plan my blog posts a little bit better. Yesterday, I realized I hadn’t assembled my teaser post for this week and started working on it. Then my Writer decided to write in a bad eye day. Hey, it adds Character. I mean, my Character Arc is awesome. Still, awesome character arcs do not make for awesome blog posts that require a lot of research and reading, so… I have no blog post today. But I have an awesome blog post started for next week. And that’s what really matters. Would you like your indie book (sorry, trads– I’m all for traditional books, but I like to feature indies because I’m an indie and I’m prejudiced or something) featured in a future Teaser Thursday? Send me a message. Or a book. Or a message in a book, but if I have to read it backwards, I’m calling a priest before I…

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Mapping It Out
A to Z Blog Challenge / April 15, 2016

Do you map things out? I’m not referring to making a map like a Tolkien book (and please don’t get me started on how geologically impossible Tolkien’s maps are in the first place). I mean, do you map out your writing journey? First, do you map out your book? Of course not, you say. I’m a pantser. You can be a pantser (or at least a plantser) and still have a map. Depending on the genre and style you’re writing in, your book needs certain checkpoints. Some people manage to get them automatically, but I find having the little checkpoints means I don’t have to stop to think about it (which means I spend more time writing). For my current WIP, I’m using “The Hero’s Journey“. It’s can also be called the three-act character arc, although I see it as four acts. Here are the main checkpoints: The starting point/ real world/ normal world: introduce things as they currently are and always have been The inciting moment/ call to adventure: something happens that gives the protagonist a kick in the pants (but he’ll refuse the call) Major plot point/ personal test/ baddie #1: the protagonist gets another kick in the…