I might spend too much time talking about how hard writing is, and not enough time talking about how much joy it gives. Lately, however, I seem to see on Facebook things like, “I want to write a novel. Can someone tell me how to create characters?” or “I’m about to start a novel. Can… Read More


  I’ve mentioned this topic before, but in the abstract. I’m going to be a little more personal this time. When I first introduce a character, even a minor character, I try to think of one or two things about their appearance that can convey to the reader what I think is important to the… Read More


Kristen Lamb’s post on the antagonist is going to help me plenty. She adds a perspective that cleared some of my confusion and apprehension. The Engine of Fiction—Meet the Antagonist    … Read More


It’s funny – I don’t like his books, but boy, does he have a clear eye and good advice for writers: Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read    … Read More