How to Channel Your Creative Muse

How Do You Get Your Muse On? Today, I get to share with you one of my closely held secrets. I will share with you something that very few people may know about me—save for my closest of trusted brethren, those who have been privy enough to be regaled with my deepest of confidences. Until …

How to Avoid Cliches in Writing

  Cliché’s in Writing: Can they be avoided? Clichés, we’re all guilty of having used them at some time or another. You know–phrases such as; selling like hotcakes, nipped in the bud, in the light of day, or what goes around comes around. Clichés are used more than we realize in everyday rhetoric, these metaphors, …

How to Create Believable Characters

How do you make your characters believable? Creating a story is easy; however, creating a believable story is an art form. Anyone can create a story, but can they create a story that draws their readers in so completely that they almost forget it’s fictional? I believe the hallmark of creating a believable story is …

How to Avoid Writing Jerk Heroes and Annoying Heroines

  Are your heroes or heroines worthy….or gag-worthy?   No matter the story, characters are vital–or else there would be nothing to tell. But I believe characterization to be even more vital and complex when writing a romance novel. Unlike a good thriller, mystery, or sci-fi novel—that can stand alone with only one strong protagonist, …