Category Archives: Characterization

Cross-Pollination: The Future Is Genre-Blending

Coming up with new ways to tell stories requires a bit of this from here and some of that from there to keep your readers interested and on their toes.



Words Are Radical! (or, How to Cherish Language)

Writers are responsible for cherishing and guarding our language. So hoist up your dictionaries and thesauruses and enter the fray.


When Writing Fiction Can Help Us Understand Reality

Our writing often gives us chances to sort out what we are experiencing in our daily lives. Channeling our feelings through our words helps us to concretely express them in ways that help us to make sense of them.


How to Mess Up Your Lead Character’s Ordinary Day

Making life difficult for our main characters is the lifeblood of the conflict and suspense that drives our stories. Here are some tips on how to that in some really excellent ways from James Scott Bell.


How to outline a book without killing the fun of writing it.

Too often when talking about outlining a writer will complain, “but then I’ll know how it ends and lose interest.” Here are some tips on how to keep the interest and the fun in it from Roz Morris.