Does My Story Need a Villain?

Someone posted on social media “Does a story needs a villain?” If you mean someone twirling their mustache and plotting evil deeds, no. However, your story does need an opposing force. Why? Without conflict there is no lesson learned and without a lesson learned, there is no plot. A series of events does not aContinue reading “Does My Story Need a Villain?”

Why I Allow Myself to Cheat on My Projects

When you have a creative mind, you’re always bursting with ideas. Some are inspired by your environment, entertainment, art, and some come from dreams. Have trouble writing about your dreams? Dreams are nonsense and have no plot, but your brain is free for the fantastical and is using a dream to work out a problem.Continue reading “Why I Allow Myself to Cheat on My Projects”

Preptober: Preparing for National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo is in seventeen days. Whether you’re a plotter, pantser, or plantser, you should be doing some sort of prep during October for the story you’re going to write in November. Why?

You don’t want to spend a month writing a collection of scenes with no plot, no character arc, and no theme.

Don’t ‘Write What You Know’ Write What You Feel

Every writer has heard the advice “write what you know.” I like to say, “Write what you feel” or “write what you’ve observed.” I’ve lived up and down the East Coast and the Pacific Northwest. I’ve travelled around the world and I’ve had forty-five years to soak a lot up. Yet, most people who meetContinue reading “Don’t ‘Write What You Know’ Write What You Feel”

Announcement about Eastside Hedge Witch: A (Sub) Urban Fantasy

Last week I signed a deal with Mad Raptor Productions to publish Eastside Hedge Witch. This morning they announced the addition of yours truly as one of the MRP authors all over social media. I’m super excited that my first full-length novel will (eventually) be available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook. This may seem outContinue reading “Announcement about Eastside Hedge Witch: A (Sub) Urban Fantasy”

Banned Books Week

September 28th- October 3rd is Banned Books Week, celebrating the books that tackle subject matter some would like to censor. As a country that loves its freedom of speech there are those here (not to mention around the world) who still call for the banning of books. I don’t love all banned books, but IContinue reading “Banned Books Week”

After a Week of Smoke-fog, the Air is Clear!

After a week of the air quality index in the 250-300 Very Unhealthy Range, Western Washington is had a couple of rain storms, literally clearing the air. We lived in a gothic horroresque setting for an entire week, with a campfire-scented fog settling over the mountains and lakes of the PNW. Today, we’re sitting prettyContinue reading “After a Week of Smoke-fog, the Air is Clear!”

A Dedication to RBG

Yesterday, I mourned. Today, I wake up another day to fight. I used to think that stories were just that. Dragons and magic, tech and battles, or just about personal demons. But, even the short erotica I published, Adoration, had a theme of empowerment for women, of not accepting a mediocre existence. Writers have anContinue reading “A Dedication to RBG”

Creating Character Boards and Why They’re Useful Visuals

In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I’m doing character profiles for the story I plan to write Dot and Al’s Paranormal Detective Agency. Character profiles are part of my plotting process. It’s where I create backstory and discover motivation long before I know what’s going to happen. I think this is key to creating compelling characters. IContinue reading “Creating Character Boards and Why They’re Useful Visuals”

View from My Writing Desk

This is the current view from my writing desk. An overcast sky in September isn’t out of the ordinary in the Seattle suburbs, but this is smoke from the wildfires ravaging Oregon and California. (We’re not downwind of the ones razing Washington. Yet.) Needless to say, our air quality is in the crapper. So, IContinue reading “View from My Writing Desk”