Vision Boards

There are certain steps in starting out a new project that I now realize are not optional. They provide fuel that keeps me going, even activating my subconscious. One of the most important of these steps is to make desktop wallpapers for my devices—my own take on a vision board. I learn so much about … Continue reading Vision Boards

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Inception

New Growth

No, not the movie 🙂 I'm talking about the beginnings of an idea. The seed of a story. That moment when you realize you may have some ephemeral thing that maybe—just maybe—you can transform into words on a page. Because once you have your characters, you need a grand adventure for them to go on. … Continue reading Inception

Fictional Relationships

There's another type of conflict that I consider important enough to get it's own sub-category within internal and external conflict when I'm thinking through my writing, and that's relationship conflict. With any of the Romance genres, this is especially important to establish and work through. Honestly, I think it's just as important with any character-driven … Continue reading Fictional Relationships

Writing Conflict

We've talked about writing sympathetic characters, writing three-dimensional characters, and giving our characters pasts. All of these things are meant to create characters that readers can truly connect to in one way or another. Writing conflict is what activates the connection we've established. If a character sits around doing nothing, there is no story. If … Continue reading Writing Conflict