Why Is It So Difficult To Write Well?

Why Is It So Difficult To Write Well?


I’m nearly halfway through the backstory material for my current WIP.  I’m writing a series of books tentatively titled The Five Rims Series and try as I might, I’m going to create a Tolkienesque place, a (most likely) vain attempt to give my setting a richness that will hopefully translate to a sweeping epic.  I’m just … Continue reading

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