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 … More Writing Hacks: Creating Three-Dimensional Villains

Publishing Audiobooks

The Indie Audiobook Process I’ve loved audiobooks since before it was cool. Before iPhones, before mp3 players. I spent years trying to convert friends to no avail. And now, finally, finally, readers are overcoming their prejudice. They’ve realized they can download straight to their phones, fit in reading while they’re driving, working out, mindlessly playing … More Publishing Audiobooks

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 … More 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 … More Writing Hacks: Writer’s Anxiety