One of the things so prevalent in our broken world (and that should be more prevalent in our fictional worlds) is sickness. I should know, I’ve spent the last three years chronically ill, to the point where I almost died. (Thankfully I’m on the mend now.) - Sara WilloughbyRead More
You have to let your MC be a little villainous, as all people are.Read More
As the leading cause of death in the United States, many people have sadly had very personal experience with heart attacks.
Writers and readers alike can get a lot of benefit from stories that include information about them.
However, there is a risk in using allegories in writing, especially if those allegories are supposedly Biblically based. This danger was introduced to me in the form of a question: "How can I make my allegorical representation of God unique from other's representations of Him?"Read More
Hypothermia is one of the more serious conditions a person can endure without being injured first. It is really easy to develop, has a serious potential for fatality, and is actually surprisingly easy to bounce back from when caught in time. All of this makes it a great way to add conflict to our stories.Read More
Last year I had the opportunity to submit a post to Kingdom Pen Magazine and get accepted for publication. This process took me through a round of edits on my post that I learned so much from. In this post I share both the original version of my post and the edited version along with the things I learned from that process.Read More
Infection is, and always has been, a serious complication when it comes to being injured. An untreated infection could easily take the life of a patient.
This can give us writers even more to work with when it comes to adding conflict to our stories.Read More
My two year blog anniversary is coming up next month. I can't believe how fast the years have gone by.
To commemorate this milestone, I have decided to share a few truths I've learned about the writing process.Read More
Did you know that if you fall from a great enough height, hitting water can kill you?
It's true. Fall a great enough distance and hitting a body of water will feel exactly like hitting the concrete.Read More
For those of you who don't know, Camp Nano is a miniature version of Nanowrimo that takes place during the summer months. For Camp Nano writers can choose any goal they want whether it's a word count or page count goal.Read More
There are challenges to working on short stories. Challenges unique to the medium that writers don't find in larger writing projects.
And while I'm certain I still have a lot to learn about this particular medium, I do want to share the one thing I've managed to figure out on the topic.Read More
Whether we want our characters to be humble locksmiths or a master thieves, writing a character who knows how to picks locks can be a lot of fun.Read More
Naming characters is one of my favorite things about writing. And yet, it can still be challenging, and even impossible, sometimes.
How do we know if our name ideas are any good? Are they too typical? Will they convey our feelings for the character and story we want them to?Read More
I am excited to have you join me this week for the second to last installment of this months posts on character names.Read More
Todays post will go over my top five character naming resourcesRead More
In the play Romeo uses this line to try and convince Juliet that their surnames don’t mean anything and that their families century long feud shouldn’t come between them.
Of course, anyone who has actually read the play, or seen one of the many tv adaptations, knows that he couldn’t have been more wrong.Read More
A character that's bullet proof isn't any fun to read about. And they are even less fun to write. Our characters need to get scuffed up during fights. Wounds give them personality, they act as the price a character pays for winning, and they can even provide more conflict by forcing the character to fight through their weakness.Read More
I am so excited that you are all here for the official relaunch of One Beginner to Another.Read More