Category Archives: Character

THE BOOK 2 BRIDGE

HOW TO MAKE BOOK 2 WORTHWHILE

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The book 2 bridge is not a good thing. It’s a literary abortion. It’s the middle child of writing. Book 2 is just a bust, just like a squashed tomato.

Many people who set out to write a trilogy make the mistake of viewing book 2 as a connection book, a book that bridges book 1 to book 3. We don’t admit it, because facing the reality is too harsh.

Instead we view book 2 as a way to show characterization and to explore more of the world that we’ve created. Continue reading

VIVA UTOPIA

HOW TO SPRUCE UP THAT QUERY LETTER

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I’m going to tell you a short story, then I’m going to spruce it up.

WATCH:
A woman walked down the street, holding her bag of groceries. She smiled at the passerby. She was robbed, and she never got the money back. Continue reading

EXTRACTED

HERE IS MY BOOK COVER FOR:

EXTRACTED — BOOK 1 OF THE PIONEERS.

AVAILABLE NOW!

THE PIONEERS : EXTRACTED
Book 1
AVAILABLE NOV. 1, 2012


While on a routine mission in the neighboring province of Broughtonhaven, Caleb Eaves and his squadron are ambushed by a band of assassins.

Left to die in an icy prison, Caleb has not heard from his wife who has gone missing, and he fears that his people have abandoned him.

He must find a way to escape and track down his attackers if he ever hopes to regain the life he once he had.

FINISH THE SERIES??

HOW TO DECIDE IF YOU SHOULD WRITE ONE BOOK OR FINISH THE SERIES

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Should you write the first book and then try to publish, or should you write the entire series first?

This question is a lot more challenging to answer than it seems. I chose to write the entire trilogy before I submitted to publishers. Continue reading

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE HOPE IS GONE

HOW TO CREATE THE UNEXPECTED HERO

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Looks like we’ll be sticking with the Mariah Carey song, “Hero.” There’s an amazing line that she uses in this song from so long ago: “When you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong. Then you’ll finally see the truth, that a hero lies in you.”

The unexpected hero is the one who would not under any circumstances ever want to be a hero or a heroine. She would say no to saving the world as emphatically as a fifth grader would say “No” to drugs.

These types of heroes are becoming more common in literature, because readers want to feel greater than ordinary, and let’s admit it, we writers want to feel the same way.

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THERE’S A HERO

HOW TO CREATE A HERO

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Mixing the list of villains can be a lot of fun, and it also helps to get a clear sight as to where your story is going. I am about 70% done with the third book in a trilogy which means that I’m about 90% done with the actual trilogy itself!

I say that because I intend to start working on the plans that I have for another series almost immediately after these three books are done, and in order for me to get my villains right, I am going to play around with the mix-and-match approach of the different combinations of villains. Continue reading

FLASHER

HOW TO ADD A FLASH OF LIGHTNING TO YOUR FANTASY

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With fantasy, one thing that readers expect is to have the world unfold as the character experiences it. Think of it like a Fruit-Rollup that you eat one piece at a time, peeling it away from the wax paper until it’s all gone. Can’t you just taste how delicious that is?

That’s one of fantasy’s strong points. Being able to reveal your world in a flavorful way keeps the reader as enchanted as the characters. But how can this be done? Continue reading

FANTASTIC FIVE

HOW TO OBEY THE 5 RULES OF HIGH FANTASY

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There are essential elements that make high fantasy novels come alive, but the characters are the banners. Without having characters that people care about, stories will flop. That said, if the characters are admirable, then the story can sag, and people may still continue to read on.

Fantasy novels must have certain elements if they are to fit into the mold of the mainstream fantasy.

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FANTASTIC FANTASY

HOW TO WRITE BELIEVABLE FANTASY

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One of the dumbest ideas for a novel would have to come from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Think about it. Some kids go to a house where they’re not wanted and they find this wardrobe. After finding it, they realize that this glorious piece of bedroom furniture is enchanted. Not only that, but the wardrobe, if opened by the right people, has an entirely different world hidden within it called Narnia. That’s ridiculous!

But this is where it gets crazy. Continue reading

ASK YOURSELF

HOW TO ASK YOURSELF THE RIGHT QUESTIONS FOR YOUR SCENE

Sarai

The beeping wouldn’t stop. Every few seconds the IV reminded us that we were in a hospital. I sat on the chair with my head hanging between my legs, staring at the tiled floor, silently demanding the nurses to come. Next to me, in the bed, lay my wife. She wasn’t saying much, and neither was I. We’d been through this before. But what about this time was going to so be different from the last?

I have a confession to make. I have not written a blog in two weeks. I’ve just had a few of them in the queue, and I’ve responded to messages. But, my wife and I welcomed the arrival of our second daughter on June 26th. Her name is Sarai Rachel. Continue reading