Everyone’s a hero

I’m sure you’ve heard that every character in your book considers themselves the hero of the novel. It’s why you need to know the goal, motivation, and conflict of every character (or certainly the primary and secondary characters). But can every...

Free Will

You’ve got a book to write. A story to tell. There’s something you want to say or an event or series of events you want to share. You’ve got a plot in your mind and you’ve got a really good idea or perhaps the entire thing planned out either on paper or in your mind...

A New Worksheet for before, during, and after you write

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you’ll probably know that I am the queen of worksheets. I love them. I use them. I even sell them! Well, as I was searching through my files this morning, I happened upon a worksheet I’d completely forgotten about and...

Supporting Characters

How many characters are too many? I always wonder that when I’m writing. I love to fill my books with people. The fact that I write party scenes where there are supposed to be hundreds of people give me lots of opportunity to fill my books with secondary and tertiary...

Piling it on

When I plot out a story I am careful not to overwhelm my reader with too many things going on at once. Especially when it comes to bad things happening. Piling one bad thing onto another onto another could not only get to be too much for the reader, but at some point...