The Writing Life

…a literary journey

Tag Archives: protagonists

A Spark Ignites: A New Novel & Finding My Writer’s Voice

I stumbled upon my writer’s voice this week. You may assume that if one is a writer, then they must certainly know what their voice is. That couldn’t be further from … Continue reading

July 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Right Side of Things

Just an update on all things in my world of words… What I’m reading: I continue to alternate going down the list of Pulitzer Prize winners and something from my … Continue reading

June 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

Handling Multiple Story Arcs

I just finished editing the first draft of my novel Oldsters, and one of the toughest things was making sure I navigated between my five main characters successfully. When I … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Scene-Building: Endings

So you’ve written a thoughtful and interesting beginning for the scene, and you’ve built tension in the middle, using obstacles and conflict…now it’s time to wind your scene down. Time to … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Scene-Building: Beginnings

Scenes are the core building blocks of my fiction writing style. I don’t think in chapters at all anymore, except as a big-picture timeline of the story. It is the … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

3 Reasons to Introduce Characters SLOWLY

When I read a new book, the last thing I want is to be immediately bombarded with character description and back story. I think this is because it mirrors how I … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Writing about Writers

Have you ever noticed how many novels feature writers as their protagonist? Maybe it’s because people believe they’re supposed to write about what they know. Whatever the reason, I decided … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 3 Comments