Hi everyone! I’ve started writing a regular column for The Grind, a new Ottawa-based magazine which concentrates on all things gaming. The column is going to be called “GM diaries” and will cover aspects of GMing. In the first installment, I discuss what you as a GM can do to help your players develop characters… Read More Character creation, the GM’s side
So I haven’t been updating as much as I want to, and I thought I’d let you all know what I’m working on right now. You can always keep up to date with that by checking out my “In the works” page and see what’s coming next from me, but I wanted to share something special… Read More What I’m working on right now
Today is mother’s day, which is the perfect opportunity to write about love and relationship in your writing. Too often, we think of love and relationships in books as being solely represented by romantic love. But love takes many, many forms, and exploring all the loving relationships in the lives of your characters can add… Read More Love is a many-splendored thing
I was starting to update this site for the upcoming release of my third novel, Kindred Spirits, but in the course of doing so I found this guest post I did for my blog tour following the release of Brothers In Arms. My main character for this series, Alex Winters, is very young, but burdened… Read More On character motivation and the coming of age story – the burdens we choose
That RPG thing, and what it has to do with writing So a while back, I changed the description of the page from “tips on writing better fiction” to “writing, roleplaying and storytelling”. This might seem as though I changed the vocation of the page, but that isn’t the case at all; in fact, I’m… Read More What does role-playing have to do with writing, anyway?
A few weeks ago, I got a bad review. It happens, and even when, as is the case with this particular book, it happens a lot less than the positive ones, it’s still unpleasant. But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about why he hadn’t liked the book, because being a character-driven author… Read More The complexity of the human mind
Making sure you have the right characters If you’re a character-driven storyteller (like I am) then you LOVE characters. You have a bank of them just waiting for a story to be put in, and your stories often come from the characters themselves rather than concepts or ideas. That’s awesome, and generally leads to very… Read More Casting