New Podcast Up: Antman’s Shrinking Plot

In this reformatted episode we take a different approach to the podcast. We decided from here on out to pick a pop culture film or book or comic book and spend the podcast discussing that piece from a writer’s perspective. Today we decided to discuss the recent Marvel offering “Antman”. It led to some livelyContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Antman’s Shrinking Plot”

New Podcast Up: Con-goers and Promotions

In this podcast we talk about our experience at Sooner Con 24 and break down the struggles that come with promotion of indie work. Mainly we discuss the many types of folks you might expect to visit your table and how to best move product by curbing those types of visitors who might unintentionally preventContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Con-goers and Promotions”

New Podcast Up: Hidden Characters In Alexandria

In this episode we discuss an interesting point of characterization we like to call “hidden characterization”. This is a kind of dramatic irony where the character’s actions do not match up with their external motivation for doing the action. It has been used infrequently in fiction and in television as in novels such as “TheContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Hidden Characters In Alexandria”

Why Should Readers Care About Your Protagonist?

My current WIP has sent me through several psychological states: first elation, then dread, then depression, then elation again, and then probably bi-polar disorder. I spent nearly 6 months designing five separate solar systems complete with flora and fauna, alien races, cultures, history, and tons of other things that probably would bore you to death.Continue reading “Why Should Readers Care About Your Protagonist?”

New Podcast Up: There And Back Again Once More

In the first podcast of 2015, we discuss a little bit of literary failure before launching into why we continue writing even in the face of adversity. What keeps you going? We also discuss the final Hobbit film and how it holds up to the text of Tolkien’s work. Finally, we answer some listener mailContinue reading “New Podcast Up: There And Back Again Once More”

Using Setting to Develop a Plot

I’ve seen many different articles around the inter-webs about plot development.  Usually there are two schools of thought: Create highly developed character bios and then they will inform what kind of plot needs to develop. Create a highly developed plot and then the characters will take shape based on the plot created. I have anotherContinue reading “Using Setting to Develop a Plot”

New Podcast Up: Villains and Walking Dead Spoilers

On this episode we discuss villains. What makes a great villain? What are the ingredients for excellent and engaging villains that readers will love to hate and love to somehow empathize with? We also discuss the AMC debacle with the Season 5 mid-season finale goof where AMC actually spoiled their own program for West CoastContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Villains and Walking Dead Spoilers”

5 Things “The Crucible” Can Teach Us About Good Writing

It’s that time of year again!  The daily temperatures are falling, the leaves are turning various shades of orange and various chintzy costumes are for sale at Wal-Mart. No, I’m not describing Halloween.  I’m describing the time of year that I usually teach Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, that time honored play about the Salem witch trialsContinue reading “5 Things “The Crucible” Can Teach Us About Good Writing”

Creating Characters and Grading Research Papers

This week has been hectic. The 11th grade research paper was due and I have been in the middle of grading them.  Such is my life. However, in the midst of this, I have been thinking about what makes excellent characterization as I construct my newest character driven novel series. In Orson Scott Card’s book CharacterContinue reading “Creating Characters and Grading Research Papers”

7 Things Every Fictional Character Needs

I’m currently crafting some character biographies for a new series I’m writing and thought I would share a few things about how I go about creating characters.  I’ve gleaned this from several sources, from my days in college writing classes and from just figuring things out over time. I use this format to write characterContinue reading “7 Things Every Fictional Character Needs”