From Rough Draft to Published is Published!!

I’m almost at a loss for words right now. For the last few days/weeks/months all my time after work has been on this project. One of the major things I set up was a Writer’s Resources Vault for people who get the book and sign up for the blog with their email address, they can access a vault full of resources I mentioned in the book. Such as these documents that I’ve created…

Save The Cat Software Review

I read the Save the Cat! Writes a Novel book a few years ago. I liked it because it approached story in a very logical way, which appeals to me as an outliner. It works like The Hero's Journey and many others--it takes the major story twists and turns and lays them out in a flexible pattern. You do not want to use this as a formula, or your story will become stilted. Many people argue against using "formulas" such as these but these guides are merely a tool and any tool used incorrectly can be bad. Used correctly this book can be very helpful, especially for new writers. When I first started writing short stories I used a tool like this to guide my plot and keep the story tight. After a few dozen stories, it became ingrained in me and I don't need to use that guide as much.

Book Review: Spark and the League of Ursus

So this month seems to be all about videos! I made a book trailer for this book. I found this book a delightful mix of childish fun and serious courage. The story was paced well. I read it in only a few days. The characters were interesting and relatable. The plot unexpected but not in a bad way. As an avid reader, I tend to be good at predicting where the story is headed. It did not always go where I expected, which is rather refreshing. (More on this below the spoiler image)

10 Podcasts Writers Love!

I've been listening to some podcasts more lately as I work. I thought I had done a podcast roundup before on this website, but all I found was a narrator roundup. I've talked about some of these creators before so they might sound familiar to you. Without further adieu... here are some of my favorite podcast in their different categories.

Character Description-1 Big Mistake and 5 Alternatives

As explored last week, characters are the heart of our stories. We gravitate toward like minded people, even fictional ones. Some of my best friends, the ones who get me, who think like me, who yearn like me, are fictional characters. Think of Anne of Green Gables. Who hasn't made mistakes before? We promise to not make mistakes again, only to turn right around and make an even bigger mistake! Who hasn't had a Mrs. Blewett in her life, or contrastingly, a Matthew Cuthbert?

Deep Dive into Description: Fairytale-Style Narrative

Fairytale has such a childish connotation, but bear with me on this. You don’t have to be an author of children’s books to get something from this post. I find that the best way to get better at something is to learn from the masters. I would love to sit down with any of these authors and learn all their secrets, but I doubt they would agree to meet with me. Even if they did, they cannot impart their years of toil upon me in a quick interview. That is best done by study.

Characters Through the Ages (Well, through 70 Years)

I hope you are all well! This week has been madness! As you know I'm a 6th grade English teacher. My school was on spring break. It got extended this week, but teachers were required to work from home. Wednesday we started to get information. Thursday we began frantically redesigning our lesson to go online … Continue reading Characters Through the Ages (Well, through 70 Years)