On character motivation and the coming of age story – the burdens we choose

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

Show and tell

The balance between action and exposition I know I promised that this post would be about description, but before I talk about how to make an efficient description, I thought I needed to establish WHEN descriptions might be useful. So today, we’re going to address one of the oldest, most well-known rules of good writing:… Read More Show and tell

Story units

Choosing the right pace This post is a response to a special request. If you would like to special request a post on a particular subject, please click on “Got a question about writing?” in red under the page’s subtitle, and ask your question. All special requests will be treated in the order in which… Read More Story units

It’s a cyberpunk paranormal urban fantasy with like romantic mystery and war

A note on genre I recently had a conversation with a student to whom I asked why he was making the choice to speak of space colonies in his story, when his story didn’t need different planets and he didn’t wish to address the colonial aspect. To this, he answered that he wanted to write… Read More It’s a cyberpunk paranormal urban fantasy with like romantic mystery and war