Writing Hacks: Creating Three-Dimensional Villains

I love stories that showcase the antagonist's point of view. It gives readers an opportunity to know where they are coming from. Granted, some antagonists are truly twisted people and getting a glimpse into their minds can be disturbing. But, say, in the case of a lot of thrillers or horror stories, this "chill down … Continue reading Writing Hacks: Creating Three-Dimensional Villains

Writing Hacks: Developing Your Characters’ Emotional Arcs

A lot of people think that writing a good story is about nailing the plot. (I was this way when I first started out.) While plot is important, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Equally important to plot is your casts’ character development, or what some call the characters’ emotional development. What is emotional … Continue reading Writing Hacks: Developing Your Characters’ Emotional Arcs

Writing Hacks: Writer’s Anxiety

anxiety (aNGˈzīədē) noun: desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease synonyms: worry, concern, apprehension, unease, fear, disquiet, agitation, angst, misgiving, nervousness, tension; informal butterflies, the jitters, twitchiness Is there a writer who can read this list without recognizing at least one symptom of writing anxiety? Probably not. That doesn't mean anxiety is a necessary part … Continue reading Writing Hacks: Writer’s Anxiety