Back Yard, Backyard, or Back-Yard?
Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?Read More
Answers to the Fictional Places Quiz
On my Facebook page today, I shared a quiz created by Richard Lederer on his Verbivore blog. I’ve been a …Read More
5 Tips for Creating Memorable Characters
The most important aspect of a great fictional character is how much the reader cares about him. Some characters are lovable (Wilbur the pig, Bilbo Baggins, Anne Shirley), some are heroic (Odysseus, Paul Bunyan, Superman), some are tragic (Hamlet, Willy Loman, John Henry), and some are just plain evil (Iago, Saruman, The Wicked Witch of the West). The point is, we feel strongly about them one way or another.Read More
What Is Plot?
Every story has a plot. Whether it’s a short story, a novel, a play, or a movie, the most important element is the sequence of events that make up the story. In fact, that’s the definition of plot: the sequence of events in a story.Read More
Writers On the Value of Fantasy
I fell in love with reading thanks to J.R.R. Tokien. I guess I spent most of 7th Grade in Middle Earth. So, the following graphic quotes are devoted to those who appreciate the value of fantasy and unbridled imagination…Read More