Stakes: If your writing doesn't have them, no one will care. You've witnessed writing without stakes. It happens when you verbally yell at your television screen or paperback, "Nothing is happening!" Then there's the opposite experience. When you are so invested in the characters and their success that no disruption is acceptable. You have to stay … Continue reading Literary Music Lessons: Stakes and The Talking Heads
One element that is persistently required of your website or blog is consistency. It's vital. By doing so, you create a consistent voice for yourself on the web and it creates content on a calendar. What does "Consistency" in writing blog posts and content on your website mean? Exactly that, it means that there is something … Continue reading NECESSITIES OF SEARCH: CONSISTENCY
If you missed the post back in June, Nerdy Things Publishing is accepting short stories and poetry for a charity benefitting a great not-for-profit organization. Shatter Your Image, the first anthology from Nerdy Things Publishing, will focus on the positivity that comes from embracing your true self. If you want to add your voice, this will … Continue reading One month left to get your stories & poems submitted!
Motivation: it can be the factor in your writing that determines how readers perceive your characters. Think of your favorite heroes. Now your favorite villains. Odds are if you thought about their character arcs, you also can figure out their motivation. Solid characters need something to drive them, even if they're secondary. Because if a … Continue reading Literary Music Lessons: Motivation and Norah Jones
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Many songs emulate an emotional feeling. There may be a story. However, not all songs incorporate actual dialogue, i.e. words exchanged by characters. Comedic rock duo Tenacious D created one of the most quotable songs of all time. And they did it while including hilarious dialogue. Is it the greatest song of all time? No, but … Continue reading Literary Music Lessons: Dialogue and Tenacious D
Last year was my first at Denver Comic Con as an attendee, this year I'll be there as a panelist, moderator and to mark the official release of The Writer's Conquest: Establish a Brand. ALL WEEKEND you'll be able to find me in Author's Alley. I won't be far from the Umbrella Corps or Xfinity areas. … Continue reading Denver Comic Con Schedule