Category: Thoughts on Writing

But Have You Been Willing to Get Crazy? 20 Ways to Sacrifice More to Be a Writer

You’ve prioritized. You’ve communicated your goal to others in your life to negotiate more writing time. You’ve shown at least some discipline! But if you haven’t committed to measures that feel a little bit crazy, you may be missing opportunities to become a more productive writer. I say this based on my experience of never getting anywhere with my writing for far too long. It feels … Read More But Have You Been Willing to Get Crazy? 20 Ways to Sacrifice More to Be a Writer

The World’s Most Thorough Stereotypical Female Character Flowchart

I came across this awesomely playful Female Character Flowchart and wanted to share it. I found it on a site called OverthinkingIt.com thanks to Alana Mlawski and Carlos A. Hann Commander. Click this link above for a larger view. I’m placing this here merely as a representation so you can get an idea of its fantastic scope. It’s so thorough that you may chuckle while … Read More The World’s Most Thorough Stereotypical Female Character Flowchart

19 Female Character Stereotypes or Tropes to Avoid

One of the most basic steps in avoiding the use of female character tropes and stereotypes may sound obvious. It’s to know what the prevailing stereotypes even are! I’ve gathered 19 female character tropes that tend to bother me as a reader, and many of these I’ve heard complained about from others as well. That’s a bunch, while hardly being a comprehensive list. You … Read More 19 Female Character Stereotypes or Tropes to Avoid

Why Bechdel Testing Your Novel Shows Business Savvy

It turns out Alison Bechdel gave creatives not only a recipe for becoming more enlightened human beings, but a way to be more business-savvy as well. The test bearing her name helps quantify the representation of women in film, novels, and other creative works. Bechdel Test 101 So what is it? In case you can’t view the image above, in her comic Dykes To … Read More Why Bechdel Testing Your Novel Shows Business Savvy

Top 100 Twitter Hashtags for Writers in 2014

Check out more than 100 Twitter hashtags in eight essential categories: Learning to write Learning to market or self-publish Connecting with other writers Using writing prompts Staying accountable with writing goals such as word count Staying up to date on your genre and audience Staying up to date on specific ebook platforms Promoting your finished work to readers Hash What? Hashtags are those descriptive … Read More Top 100 Twitter Hashtags for Writers in 2014

Writing Characters Who Are Female, Not Females Who Are Characters

Characters I enjoy reading about are written for their personality and decisions first and foremost. On the other hand, I do not think I have ever fallen in love with characters who were described primarily by their gender stereotypes. Maybe when I was five, watching Aurora, Snow White, and Cinderella as interpreted by Disney but I’ll get to that in a minute. This is part … Read More Writing Characters Who Are Female, Not Females Who Are Characters

How to Write Well-Rounded Female Characters in Speculative Fiction

I was recently on a few Comic Con panels about women in speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and other genres). One of my favorites was titled, “Women Warriors and Female Shamans—How to Avoid Stereotypes in Writing”. I loved hearing from my fellow-panelists as well as audience members. It was super cool! This week, I’m publishing a series of blog posts about how to write whole … Read More How to Write Well-Rounded Female Characters in Speculative Fiction

Comic Con FanX 2014. . .Costumes and Recap!

As a panelist for this past weekend’s Comic Con FanX 2014, I had a bird’s-eye view of some amazing trends in speculative fiction. Perched up there among other fabulous authors, filmmakers, and comic artists, I tried to add a relevant chirp or two, which I will be blogging about topically in case you missed attending the con. I loved the questions and comments from … Read More Comic Con FanX 2014. . .Costumes and Recap!

My Schedule for Comic Con 2014: Fan Experience in SLC

I am super excited to be a panelist at next week’s Comic Con 2014: Fan Experience in Salt Lake City, Utah. You’ll notice my participation spans a couple genres. That’s just how I roll.  For example, my series THE SALT SHEEN PARADOX, is a sci fi time travel mystery with a fair dose of romance. The first book in the series, AVIATRIX, is available on Amazon. I’ll keep … Read More My Schedule for Comic Con 2014: Fan Experience in SLC

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The Subconscious of Orson Scott Card

I just attended LTUE 2014 (Life, the Universe, and Everything), a science fiction conference where the keynote speaker was Orson Scott Card. Card detailed some interesting things about the recent Ender’s Game movie and some upcoming adaptations of the story, which is a favorite of mine. The Subconscious Origins of a Character What impressed me most about his keynote address was his recent realization … Read More The Subconscious of Orson Scott Card

Why I’m Pretty Much Anti-Princess These Days

I have been as entertained by princess and prince stories as anyone, but I am fundamentally at odds with these stories and wonder what the world might be like without so many of them. What-if-ing is always a tricky game to play, because who’s to say what subtle benefits I’ve reaped from being raised in a princess culture? But trying to think of what some of … Read More Why I’m Pretty Much Anti-Princess These Days

Steampunk. No, Science Fiction. No, Fantasy! How to Tell the Difference.

Try to define steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and other genres of fiction, and you’ll likely find yourself growling, “Arrrrgh.” They can be tough to differentiate. Here’s my definition: Science Fiction – Works featuring worlds beyond our own as explained by technology and science. Fantasy – Works featuring worlds beyond our own as explained by supernatural powers or conditions such as magic. Steampunk – Works … Read More Steampunk. No, Science Fiction. No, Fantasy! How to Tell the Difference.