Last year, I did this tag with Won’t Feel a Thing, and it was pretty cool, so I figured, why not do it again? For those of you who don’t know, Beautiful Books is a tag hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In. It’s a NaNoWriMo-themed variation on their normal monthly tag, Beautiful People. Instead of asking… Continue reading Beautiful Books: From Stranger Worlds
Yes, NaNoWriMo is coming. We all know it, and, frankly, most of us aren’t sure whether to be excitedly waiting November 1st, or dreading it. But, yes, as I pretty much always do, I am participating this year, with my most recent novel, Won’t Feel a Thing. So! To get y’all acquainted with my novel (and… Continue reading Beautiful Books: Won’t Feel a Thing
Shalom, mellons! Today I’m participating in Rachelle O’Neil‘s 4th Flash Fiction Challenge. Anna Jolene gave me this prompt: “A child or young teen is being chased through a building by government officials. Write how the chase ends.” This is what I came up with. I edited out about 300 words from it, and it ended up… Continue reading Flash Fiction Challenge: The Kid
Okay, so you might have seen the title of this post and said, “Wait, what? Manipulating?” (Although, I think most of you have done it, so… :-P) And, yes. Manipulating. Authors do it quite a bit, you know. Have you ever had a character that “gave you the creeps”, even though they never technically said… Continue reading Manipulating Your Reader
Hey, everybody! Today I’m participating in Rachelle O-Neil‘s flash-fiction challenge. After two failed stories, I finally (yesterday) wrote a story that would work (I came up with the idea for it the day before yesterday). After grueling edits (okay, maybe not grueling), in which I edited out 206 of my precious words to come down to… Continue reading Flash Fiction Challenge, March 2015 (Pain, Hope).
Red Lettering is doing a Get to Know Your Characters Challenge (https://craftingstoriesinred.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/get-to-know-your-characters-challenge-right-hand-man/) The options were: Your villains right-hand man is between three and ten. Write something that shows what their life was like at that point. Write about the time when your villain and his (0r her) right-hand man (or woman) met. Write about a… Continue reading GTKYCC: Right-Hand Man
Okay. Many– in fact, I think all– of you are writers. Yes? I know that as a writer, I sometimes doubt whether it’s worth it. I mean, what can a novel do? Entertain someone for a day or two? And that’s all, right? Wrong, actually. Through the past few months, I’ve realized how very powerful… Continue reading The Power of Stories