Why Should Readers Care About Your Protagonist?

Why Should Readers Care About Your Protagonist?


My current WIP has sent me through several psychological states: first elation, then dread, then depression, then elation again, and then probably bi-polar disorder. I spent nearly 6 months designing five separate solar systems complete with flora and fauna, alien races, cultures, history, and tons of other things that probably would bore you to death. … Continue reading

A Little Inspiration from King Solomon

A Little Inspiration from King Solomon


Every Wednesday night I take my three teens and one elementary child to church.  The little one goes to AWANA clubs while my older three go to youth service.  Our youth minister Scott Buck taught about the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon’s account of his exploration of the meaning of life. No.  It’s not 42. … Continue reading

Using Setting to Develop a Plot

Using Setting to Develop a Plot


I’ve seen many different articles around the inter-webs about plot development.  Usually there are two schools of thought: Create highly developed character bios and then they will inform what kind of plot needs to develop. Create a highly developed plot and then the characters will take shape based on the plot created. I have another … Continue reading

2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  I didn’t do half bad! Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for … Continue reading

5 Ways to Reveal Backstory When Writing A Novel

5 Ways to Reveal Backstory When Writing A Novel


For my latest WIP I spent nearly six months designing a rich backstory complete with six habitable planets, four alien races, culture, pre-history, flora, fauna, and loads of other details that may never make it onto the page in any of the several novels I will write in this series. However, now that I’ve finished … Continue reading