Removing Delusions: Positive Character Role Models

As a writer with children I am always thinking about the characters I create in my novels and how they might be seen by young children or teens.  My books are written with adults in mind, but it seems that more and more teens are reading my them, especially the books that are adventure storiesContinue reading “Removing Delusions: Positive Character Role Models”

I Have Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!

Lemuel Lyes over at History Geek has seen fit to nominate my little blog for the Liebster Award, an award created by Matthew Wright who runs a fantastic blog about publishing, writing tips and general history of New Zealand.  Lemuel has a great blog about being a history buff and posts many articles about historicalContinue reading “I Have Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!”

Who Is Talking?: Narrative Voice and the Writer

Plato and Aristotle identified three basic kinds of narrator: 1.  The speaker or poet who uses their own voice. 2.  The speaker or poet who assumes the voice of another person or persons, speaking in a voice not their own. 3.  The speaker or poet who uses a mixture of their own voice and thatContinue reading “Who Is Talking?: Narrative Voice and the Writer”

5 Authors With Style Worth Studying

Style is defined as the characteristic manner of expression in prose or verse or how a particular writer phrases things.  If we are to become better writers, we must develop our own sense of style.  According to the Dictionary of Literary Terms & Theory, “the analysis of style involves examination of a writer’s choice of words,Continue reading “5 Authors With Style Worth Studying”

“The Write Deal” Publishes E-Books… But With a Catch

Today e-publisher “The Write Deal” announced that it would be launching its self-publishing program entitled “Blue Leaf” later this month which is an editor selected offering of new and unpublished e-book authors. You can read about it here. I see an immediate pro and con of this new program: Pro: Authors who are selected to beContinue reading ““The Write Deal” Publishes E-Books… But With a Catch”

Top Ten Favorite Books for This Writer

One writer to another, if you want to be a better writer, you must read good books.  I suppose you could read only books in your genre (which is recommended) but reading good authors to see what they do with the craft is quite mind-blowing and educational and will help in the long run toContinue reading “Top Ten Favorite Books for This Writer”