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To make truly rich exposition use the minor senses along with the major ones of sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing. Minor senses include: pain, motion and temperature as well as other minor senses we don’t often think about, but which are present and...read more
Come in, sit down, make yourself at home, and let’s talk about ghost stories. Was that a footstep behind you, or just the creaking of the floor? You heard voices? No, that’s just your imagination. Howling you say? Ah, the music of the children of the...read more
As a writer I am always on the lookout for new ways to come up with new characters. As a multi-published writer who wants to keep coming up with new stories that means I am also constantly trying to find ways to make my characters all different. And then as a teacher...read more
Setting is crucial to our storytelling. It is not a flat, static backdrop against which our characters move and speak; it is a living, fluid element with which our characters interact much like another character in the story. Setting can and should provide conflict...read more
I made a big, bad mistake while referring to the Big Bad of my Dead Ringers serial. I attributed the term to the old television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “No, no, no,” my beta reader said. “Let the reference stand.” The more I thought about it, the more I...read more
I blame Indiana Jones. You see, from the moment Indiana Jones came to life on the big screen in Raiders of the Lost Ark, I’ve been hooked on all things archeological. And when Lara Croft played by the uber awesome (to me) Angelina Jolie, followed years later, I was a...read more