3 Reasons Why I Wound My Characters

I’m currently working on the third book in a space opera trilogy. One thing I learned early on is that characters must be believable and that readers must have a stake in them if you are going to get very far. …Especially if you plan to write a multi-part book series with them…. One trickContinue reading “3 Reasons Why I Wound My Characters”

Warring Villains as Plot Device

Unlike many Americans, I’m watching NBC’s Timeless. I say this because it has been announced that the show will not be renewed for a second season. But, folks, you need to watch it.  It’s really good. If you do not watch the show, and want to watch it, the following contains spoilers but it taught meContinue reading “Warring Villains as Plot Device”

Allow Your Protagonist to Fail

I have regular meetings with a friend who is probably one of the best people to talk to concerning story.  I recommend that every writer have a few people in their lives that they can talk to about writing. My partner in writing crime is Jack Johnson, the artist who designed the cover of myContinue reading “Allow Your Protagonist to Fail”

Writing Requires Discipline

I have taught writing for years and years and I’ve been a writer for twice that long.  I’m writing this blog post today for the writers out there who are thinking of “hanging it up”. If you have tried your hand at this writing gig and you don’t like it, then just do something else.Continue reading “Writing Requires Discipline”

New Podcast Up: Killin’ Like…A Villain

In this episode, we discuss the strange trope of killing a villain off midway through a novel. What are the consequences of such a daring act as a writer and what might our readers think if we do such a thing? Do we really need a “villain” anyway? Roger talks about Natasha Wittman’s new bookContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Killin’ Like…A Villain”