The Truth About Goals in Storytelling (Hint: Your Character Should Have One)

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. Beta reading, manuscript reading, book reading (damn you and your trilogies, Chuck Wendig!), and I’m noticing something interesting. It is easy for writers, even really good, talented writers, to write 250 pages about a character with no real goal or motivation. And hot damn, is it easy … Continue reading

New Adult Fiction: A Guide

It’s been a little over a year since I posted about New Adult Fiction, but in that year the conversation has spread far more than I ever expected. A year ago, a google search yielded a few links with brief comments or explanations as to what New Adult Fiction was. Now, a search reveals pages … Continue reading

4 Ways NOT To Begin Your Novel, or the Meaning of Show Don’t Tell.

Oh sure, there are millions of posts about how to write your novel. This is not one of those posts. In fact, I’m barely gonna tell you how NOT to write your novel, despite the title of this post. I mean, c’mon. I’m not a published author, which seems to be the only credential that … Continue reading

I Don’t Believe in Sidekicks

No, seriously – I tried sidekicks.  I tried the kid who runs along behind the hero, taking notes while the hero kicks butt. I tried the boy/girl who is quirky and has weird hair and is madly in love with the protagonist. I tried the best friend who wishes he/she could be in the spotlight … Continue reading