Monthly archives: January, 2017

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, …

How to Create a Worthy Villain

(Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License).

Hero vs. Villain: What makes a good villain? How do you create the perfect character? Creating a good hero is easy–everybody loves a hero. But I believe most of us are reluctant to admit that we love a good villain just as much. I admit it, freely, that I love a worthy villain more so …

Who Are You Writing For…?

Do we write from our hearts, or for acceptance of others? Art is a beautiful thing. As individuals, I believe the greatest contribution we give to society is our own unique brand of expression. Whether you are an artist, writer, painter, sculptor, performer, musician, or actor; our unique ability to create and share with others, …

Plot Challenges: Does it make sense?

You’ve written a great story, but how does that translate into it becoming a great book? As writers, do we all dream of being the next James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, Sylvia Day, or E.L. James? What does it really take to become one of the greats? For me, I can’t say I aspire to be …