Hey friends! I'm sorry I've been MIA for a so long (*hangs head in shame*). After the eternal length of spring, summer has been a whirlwind. My family took a socially-distanced three week camping trip out west in July and visited seven national parks. The hiking was glorious--we could almost pretend life was normal! I'll … Continue reading Pre-planning Your Novel with Pinterest and Excel
*SPOILER WARNING* This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. If you haven’t seen it yet, quit reading this post and head to the nearest movie theater. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk. Since one of my current WIPs has a rather hefty redemption arc, I’ve been doing a bit of reading … Continue reading Writing the Redemption Arc: A Case Study
Hello, friends! I have a special treat for you today! A few years ago I connected with a fantastic YA fantasy writer, Laura L. Zimmerman, through her website, Caffeinated Fiction. She was looking for beta readers, and I was looking to meet other Christians writing clean mainstream fantasy. Perfect match! After reading one of her … Continue reading KEEN Blog Tour: Character Visuals!
Hello, friends! Do any of you like cooking? Or perhaps just watching other people cook on TV shows? (Iron Chef, anyone?) I'm more of a baker myself, but the concepts are the same. Whatever you're making isn't going to come out very well without adding the right ingredients in the proper order. Last time we … Continue reading Novel Writing 101: Ingredients for Character Arc Soup
Think about some of your favorite books. What is it that drew you into the story the first time? Maybe it was a cool idea (dinosaurs! time travel!) or an exotic setting (space stations! Middle Earth!). Or maybe you were lured in by the art on the cover. But whatever caused you to pick it … Continue reading Novel Writing 101: A Great Story Starts with the Characters