Dynamic and Static Characters: The Difference and Why it Matters

(Originally published as a guest post on JerryJenkins.com) Memorable, believable characters are crucial to every good story. Consider what makes these literary classics so unforgettable: Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Eyre by Charlotte BronteThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienLittle Women by Louisa May AlcottMoby Dick by Herman Melville Each has a cast of…

12 Character Archetypes You Can Use To Create Heroes Your Reader Will Love

(originally published as a guest post on JerryJenkins.com) There’s no way around it: If you want to write a story that pulls in readers, you must include compelling characters. They need to feel: Believable Mysterious Relatable But that’s difficult to pull off—one reason most stories are unpublishable. Maybe you’re feeling this tension right now. Maybe you’ve…

Tone in Writing: A Simple Guide for Authors

(originally published as a guest post on JerryJenkins.com) If you’re confused about the difference between “voice” and “tone” in writing, you aren’t alone. Many writers conflate the two. Whether you’re writing a novel, a blog post, an article, or a poem, it’s important to know the difference so you can communicate with readers in a way…

I Miss Her

I don’t remember the time or the day, but I do remember the date. February 15, 2007 – the day after my mom went to heaven. I had this thing I needed to do. For mom, and honestly, for me. I definitely needed to do it for me.  Before she died, mom kept fretting about…

How to be Gluten Free Without Annoying Everyone

So, you’re gluten free. Regardless of how you got there, it stinks to be told you can’t have the very ingredient central to the staple of the standard American diet. There’s no question about it, it’s a challenge. Slightly worse than that may be the reaction you get when you share your news, order in…