For anyone who loves fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons is typically somewhere in their history. While I haven't partaken in some time, I spent a lot of time as a youth tempting Satan & playing the game with friends. For writers of fantasy & sci-fi, D&D offers up great background material & opportunities for universe building. Angela … Continue reading Writer’s Digest: Rolling the Dice-How Playing D&D Made Me a Better Storyteller
I'm a big fan of Writer's Digest. Been a subscriber for years, have entered their contests, and have paid to participate in classes & workshops they provide. In addition to tips, interviews, and the like, they're stewards of the craft, meaning they feel it necessary to leave the state of writing better than they found … Continue reading Should Writers Use Social Media?
Known mostly by mainstream audiences for Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus) & being the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelly, Mary Shelley was an incredible writer (Frankenstein, duh) whose gothic influence is still seen in current works. She was a badass in an era that didn't appreciate badassery in its women & she kept on being … Continue reading 12 Mary Shelley Quotes for Writers
A number of years ago, I attended a book reading/signing hosted by Z. Brewer. As he shared stories of a youth spent bullied for being different (Z was born Heather and would announce a year or so after this he is trans), he said something that really resonated with me. "Own your weird." Both as … Continue reading Why Writers Should Embrace Their Weird Side
(Swoon) Like a lot of folks, Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite writers for a number of reasons. His work on Sandman was incredible, his Batman story "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" is one of the best stories ever written about the Dark Knight, and Good Omens is still one of my favorite … Continue reading 14 Neil Gaiman Quotes for Writers
I'm writing a book. It kinda sucks. The writing part, not the book. Well, probably the book, too. I started one, got a reasonable way into it & then realized that it wasn't my story to tell, so I'm working on re-doing it. I'm working on another book that I feel has promise, but man, … Continue reading How 5 Great Writers Started Their First Books
Over the last couple years, America has learned in great detail what gaslighting is & how effective it can be. I'm a big fan of Writer's Digest & have been a subscriber for years. This particular article from WD talks about the psychology of villains & how to use them & gaslighting effectively in your … Continue reading Gaslighting and Writing Villains Who Make Your Spine Tingle