Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ratchet Up the Tension By Making Your Hero’s Life Difficult

by Henry McLaughlin 
@RiverBend Sagas

Today, let’s explore the question: How can I make it worse for my hero?

Bring In a Gun
Mickey Spillane is credited with saying, “When your plot gets stuck, have someone come in with a gun.”

Why? Because the gun, no matter what the situation, makes things worse.

It doesn’t have to be a physical gun. It can be anything. Your heroine is exploring a strange house and the lights go out.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What’s in Your Character’s Closet?

by DiAnn Mills 

A creative writer grabs a reader by the heart and leads that reader into the character’s inner world. Consider that place a closet where life experiences are stored. There a character’s motivation comes alive. Secrets are revealed. Habits exposed. Fears emerge. Dreams surface.

If the writer successfully captures the reader’s imagination, the reader becomes the character, living the story vicariously from beginning to end.

What does the reader find inside the mysterious and always enlightening closet of your character’s world?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When You Wonder If Your Work Even Matters…

by Lucinda Secrest 

Katherine was a human computer.

A black woman in the mid-century America NASA space program. Among other responsibilities, she calculated the trajectories for both the Mercury and Apollo missions.

But no one knew about her work.

Until the recent book and movie “Hidden Figures” revealed the true story of the “West Computers” – women who were at the heart of NASA’s advancements. Yes, even Katherine G. Johnson.

“They worked through equations that described every function of the plane, running the numbers often with no sense of the greater mission of the project. They contributed to the ever-changing design of a menagerie of wartime flying machines, making them faster, safer, and more aerodynamic. Unlike the male engineers, few of these women were acknowledged in academic publications or for their work on various projects.”

We all want our work to matter.

Monday, March 20, 2017

A List of Blogging Dos & Don'ts

by Edie Melson 

I love to blog, and I try to share my love of blogging when I teach at writing conferences.

I also know that many of you aren’t such fans. Many try to love blogging because it’s a good way to connect with readers and build an online presence. Others, don’t even try to love it, but do it out of necessity. The rest are like me, and enjoy the process as well as the connections it brings.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tell Your Story

by Andy Lee 

She’s been misunderstood for centuries. Thought to be a loose woman. Divorced. Living with a man not her husband. Why in the world would Jesus plan to meet a woman like her at the well that day? Surely he knew who he was asking for water.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Keeping Our Writer's Eye Sharp

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

As writers, one of the things we do best is notice and record the world around us. We see people, situations, and things with a different sort of vision. How do you keep your writer's eye sharp?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

I also invite you to use this image any way you like online. Post it to your blog, share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, anywhere you'd like. All I ask is that you keep it intact, with my website watermark visible.

Don't forget to join the conversation!

Friday, March 17, 2017

You Might Have Commitment Issues as a Writer If…

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Choosing to be a writer can be a daunting prospect. It involves courage, creativity, and yes, commitment. When we’re unwilling to make that commitment, we can destine ourselves to failure before we’ve had a chance to succeed.

This post isn’t meant to beat anyone up, but rather to make us aware of some of the things holding us back on our writing journey.