Making Time to “Read a Lot:” The First Part of Becoming a Writer

In his inspiring craft book, On Writing, Stephen King gives this famous advice: "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut." If you're a writer, then chances are that … Continue reading Making Time to “Read a Lot:” The First Part of Becoming a Writer

Raising the Stakes: Lessons from H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau

I recently finished reading H.G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau. I wanted to read to read it because, for one reason, it's a classic piece of science fiction, so, you know. It's worth a look if you're a science fiction writer. Which I am. But I was also interested because I have my own Doctor Moreau - … Continue reading Raising the Stakes: Lessons from H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau

Why Discouragement is the Writer’s Greatest Obstacle, and How to Overcome It

The greatest stumbling block of every artist, writer or otherwise, is discouragement. Without looking at statistics or surveys, my guess would be that nothing does a better job of keeping a story in a box under your bed than discouragement. As part of this blog and my efforts to create a brand for myself, I do a lot of … Continue reading Why Discouragement is the Writer’s Greatest Obstacle, and How to Overcome It

Creating Complicated Characters: Lessons from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

No one does character complexity better than Shakespeare himself, so if you can get yourself past the iambic pentameter and the nitty-gritty English 101 details, we can learn a lot from his works. Though it is one of his lesser-known plays, The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra is no exception. In reading this play, I've noticed three tricks … Continue reading Creating Complicated Characters: Lessons from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

Brandon Sanderson’s Slider Model for Character Development

As part of this blog, one of my goals is to give you good writing resources that I wish I'd learned about a long time ago. One fantastic resource is the Writing Excuses podcast. I cannot recommend it highly enough for any writer, regardless of where you are in your journey. Hosted by Brandon Sanderson, … Continue reading Brandon Sanderson’s Slider Model for Character Development