Naming Your Characters

Naming a character is as important as a plot in a novel. A name does many things; identifies a character's origin, tells you who they are, or can even hint at a destiny. Whatever the reason, choosing a characters name--and choosing wisely--is one of the most important acts in writing a novel. Origin Where does … Continue reading Naming Your Characters

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Six Weeks

You have six weeks to live. Those words would send terror racing through the hearts of most men. Not so for Bill, a forty-two year old shoe-salesman, husband, and father of two. He was--shockingly--both pleased and liberated by the news. Of course, most men hadn't endured his life. He'd had dreams once. In high school … Continue reading Six Weeks

Character Creation: Good, Bad, or Somewhere in between?

Once upon a time, characters were straight forward. The good guys were young knights and princes, beautiful young princesses and innocent children sent to defeat villains who're evil for evil's sake. But today, characters are complex. Our spiffy protagonists have serious character flaws while antagonists are often wounded, misunderstood and even sympathized with. Some might … Continue reading Character Creation: Good, Bad, or Somewhere in between?