Category: Story Courses

Character plotting

I’m not a plotter. Character and dialog I’m completely comfortable with but plot is a struggle for me (hopefully less and less as a I write more and more but for now it’s tough). So, I’m always looking to learn more about plotting or hear how successful authors address plot or read things that give […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Character, Enchanted Storms, Plot, Story Courses
heroines and romance

That’s a totally generic subject and I may revise it someday. But I’m reposting an excerpt of an interview with Melina Marchetta because what she says about heroines and romance is so true and, I think, so important to remember as both writers and readers. This next question is something that will probably always make […]

January 4, 2013 | Posted in Story Courses
Mary Sue

I seriously dislike the term Mary Sue. I used to despise it quite fiercely but writing this post siphoned most of that venom. I’m still bothered when I see that term used in a review or blog post. I always want to link back to this post with a comment that I don’t think they […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Character, Story Courses

The last Twilight movie is almost upon us and so my sister and I had a marathon this past weekend to prepare. For some reason just before we started Breaking Dawn part 1 we were talking about vampires or something and I commented that our current societal concept of vampires is from Joss Whedon. That […]

November 8, 2012 | Posted in Story Courses

Plots are the most difficult part of the story for me. I can do character and dialog all day just for fun but plots require work and miracles of intuition and, well they’re just hard. So what do I do about it? I read, a lot. I read books by brilliant authors and I read […]

November 1, 2012 | Posted in Plot, Story Courses
persistent, irrational doubts

I so needed to hear this this morning. I was driving in to work this morning wondering why I’m having such a hard time writing this second book of mine. Why am I resisting something I enjoy doing so much? Am I really even a writer, as I supposed? Was writing the first one just […]

February 6, 2012 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses
the place where fairy tales and super heroes meet

I just finished reading book two in the Sword of Truth series, Stone of Tears. and it’s got me thinking. [If you haven’t read Stone of Tears you should stop right now because what follows is full of spoilers. If you have, or if you never plan on reading it than proceed…] Because awful, awful, […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Story Courses
How Bad Habits Create Boring Stories

This isn’t really a book entry – but it is a story entry. It’s definitely an interesting point of view on the stories we’re living and, therefore, I think worth remembering and/or discussing. How Bad Habits Create Boring Stories I’ve a friend who helps people plan and organize their lives so they can get greater […]

August 5, 2010 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses
word theory

Timothy Gray wrote an article in Variety today about bloggers and the need to distinguish between them. I was with him until about 3/4 of the way in when he started talking about words. The average English-speaker knows 10,000 to 20,000 words. And everyone has been forced to expand their vocabularies due to the massive […]

July 23, 2010 | Posted in Story Courses
Compelling faith based characters and stories

This is from an old interview (like Jan. 2008 or so) with Phil Cooke in infuze magazine that is no longer posted online in it’s entirety. Still, I thought he made an interesting point… Now on another note, it seems like some of the best, most well-developed, faith-based characters we see in the entertainment industry […]

November 17, 2009 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses