10 Reasons Why Your Readers Distrust You

10. Your story is layered with cliches and tropes. Yes, we're starting off with the big ones. <insert cringe here> There are no twists or turning the cliches on their proverbial heads; instead, every move your protagonist makes is predictable. Soon your reader is wondering, "Haven't I read this story a hundred times?" 9. Too many... Continue Reading →

Interview With A Protagonist

Protagonist: Look, I hope you know I'm here unwillingly. I still have several scenes to appear in today, and if I'm a no-show, things are really going down. Me: Exactly what I want to talk to you about. [Protagonist glowers at the wall.] Me: Let's pretend for a few minutes that we've never met. What... Continue Reading →

Reaching the Top

"I'll race you." He flashed me a mischievous grin. "Up the hill, past that circle of pines." I glanced in the direction he was pointing. Seriously? The hill he'd chosen was impossibly steep. . .and buried in snow. Talk about a suicide mission. I checked my sturdy snow boots and calculated my chances of beating... Continue Reading →

10 Reasons To Write Like A Child

"Write like a child?" you complain. "Are you out of your mind? The stories I wrote as a kid are utter trash!" I'm not talking about grammar or sentence structure or (goodness knows) thin plots that riddled our infantile writings. I'm talking about the wonder. The ability to lose yourself in a fictional world. Set yourself free. And... Continue Reading →

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