Building Character

No matter what you have been told, authors rarely start working on a character from a story with a blank slate. There is always some bit to start with. Maybe gender, because you write F/F or M/M, is predetermined. Maybe you like writing about Vikings or Highlanders. Maybe Billionaires are your sweet spot. And maybe a strong woman in a scary situation is the main part of your story. Continue reading “Building Character”

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California Dreamin’ 2017 Conference Part 10

Conflict by Sarah MacLean

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Sarah MacLean is a sweet and talented human being. I know this because she uses the outrageous puns devised by her husband as the titles for her books. And because, at the California Readin’ event, to every reader who told her they loved her writing, she replied, “You’re very kind.” I was the security red shirt volunteer near her table and I had fun with her and listening to her and her fans. #careergoals for sure. Continue reading “California Dreamin’ 2017 Conference Part 10”

Conventional Wisdom Part One

A writer never stops learning, either in reading books on the craft or taking workshops or gathering with other writers. During the last weekend in February I had the wonderful experience of going to a science fiction con, ConDor, and taking workshops that were attended by other writers and led by other writers. I had a really wonderful time. And I am going to share some key points with you. Continue reading “Conventional Wisdom Part One”