Killing the Villain: A Daring Plot Device

Killing the Villain: A Daring Plot Device


[First of all, I would like to say that this blog post contains spoilers about the current season of The Walking Dead, so if you are not current, then do not read any further.] At the end of season 4 of The Walking Dead we were introduced to a new villain: the cold, cannibalistic Gareth.  Gareth is a … Continue reading

“The Art of Metaphor” by Jane Hirshfield

“The Art of Metaphor” by Jane Hirshfield


I found this fantastic little video that illustrates the importance of using metaphor in our writing.  It’s an animation which uses Jane Hirshfield’s TED talk on the subject of using metaphors in our writing.  Enjoy!

Creating Characters and Grading Research Papers

Creating Characters and Grading Research Papers


This week has been hectic. The 11th grade research paper was due and I have been in the middle of grading them.  Such is my life. However, in the midst of this, I have been thinking about what makes excellent characterization as I construct my newest character driven novel series. In Orson Scott Card’s book Character … Continue reading

7 Things Every Fictional Character Needs

7 Things Every Fictional Character Needs


I’m currently crafting some character biographies for a new series I’m writing and thought I would share a few things about how I go about creating characters.  I’ve gleaned this from several sources, from my days in college writing classes and from just figuring things out over time. I use this format to write character … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Plagiarism Stinks!

New Podcast Up: Plagiarism Stinks!


On this episode we discuss the very real problem of plagiarism and how it can be annoying…especially if you are the one being plagiarized. I talk at length about my recent run-in with EssayMama and how they ripped off my viral blog post “Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers”. Shoot, even Suzanne Collins plagiarizes. Have you … Continue reading

3 Reasons We Get Bored With Our Own Plot

3 Reasons We Get Bored With Our Own Plot


I am currently working on a short story collection for an upcoming book release.  I’ve cobbled together some short stories already published on Literary Juice and elsewhere as well as some brand spanking new short stories to send chills up my reader’s spine. However, one short story has really been tough to write, and I … Continue reading