It would be easy to swap Beowulf for Hercules (or vice versa) without really changing the integral themes of their source material; however, you'd be hard-pressed to switch Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games to Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower without causing irreparable damage to the story itself. Because of this, most modern authors and readers place a great deal of emphasis on characters who are unique, relatable, and essential to the stories they inhabit.
With Nanowrimo rapidly approaching, writers around the world are preparing to sit at their desks, open up their laptops, and stare at the horror of a blank, white page.
Over the past few years, trigger warnings have become a pervasive topic of discussion in higher education and pop culture; and as I've worked to finish revisions on my novel, Pieces of Pink, the question of their efficacy has crossed my mind more than once.
For many writers, autumn is the perfect time of year to curl up with a cup of hot cider and begin a new project. Whether it's the chilly nights, the smell of leaves, or ghost stories around the campfire, there's something about the season that just leaks creativity. Of course, once you're a few chapters… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Procrastination: October Edition
When it comes to life, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants. Of course, I'm capable of making plans and holding myself accountable (it would be almost impossible to work from home if I weren't) but when it's time to get down to plot, I tend to let my characters take the… Continue reading Drafting Your Novel: The Netflix Road Trip
On New Year's Eve 2015, I was on a year-long road trip with my cousin, and we were camping in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Georgia. After too many weeks of sleeping in my Honda Civic, we'd been excited about this opportunity to spread out; but it had been a freakishly cold winter in the South, and instead, we… Continue reading Fire Sauce: The First Spark of Inspiration