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…

Homeless Teen Becomes One of America’s Greatest Influencers

Andy Andrews dug a hole for himself — literally and figuratively. As he tried to make himself comfortable in his hollow beneath the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores, Alabama, it’s safe to say he never once dreamed the New York Times would one day hail him as one of America’s great influencers. Andrews…