*Plus tips for writing villains in general. Enough about heroes and ensemble casts - it's time we take a break and talk about another fun subject: the villain. Specifically, the dramatic villain. You know the one - he swirls around in maroon capes with gold embroidering, probably laughs maniacally at everything he does, and says… Continue reading The Dramatic Villain*
Remember when I said I posted on a schedule? HA. Currently, I laugh. You're all going to have to live with some off-schedule posts until I get a schedule back again. Today I want to talk about two types of characters - characters who, in my opinion, add a great deal to any ensemble cast.… Continue reading Ensemble Essentials: The Dissenter and the Mouthpiece
If there's one Latin phrase an author is likely to know, it's the dreaded Deus Ex Machina, or 'god from the machine.' (Although let's face it, writers are more likely to know Latin than anyone short of a Latin professor.) If you're someone who hasn't heard this phrase before, never fear - you've probably seen… Continue reading Coincidence? I think not!
I'm back, world! The past month has been an adventure in every sense of the word - exhausting and exciting, and it isn't over. Our darling (old, quirky, weird, etc.) town house is still full of unpacked boxes, and although we downsized our belongings by half (almost exactly, measured by the moving truck required), we're… Continue reading The Eagle Has Landed
There's no way to say this with flourishes (or there are, but they aren't coming to me before coffee) — my family is moving as a package out to Omaha, Nebraska! As someone born + raised in the Pacific Northwest/has lived half her life in the South, the Midwest is something totally new and I'm… Continue reading Further Up & Further In