Developing vivid characters…

Sometimes it can be difficult to create a vivid, memorable characters who are all individuals in their own right. A cast of characters that comes from a single brain is going to feature the writer’s own personal preferences and bias–and this repetition can easily make each character seem very much like the last. We often look at characters in a …

Skill vs. Talent

Recently, on the FWO forums, the subject of talent came up–and how much it matters versus skill. This is all generalization, of course… but I think that for the majority of writers, a large part of writing is acquiring skill sets–language, grammar, how to structure a story, and (perhaps most important) your own creative process. In my experience, just learning …

Evolution of a Trekkie

There are so many ways in which I can be considered a geek. So. Very. Many. I read fantasy novels (even the ones for¬†grown-ups), I enjoy science fiction, and use the word “genre” in casual conversation. I have given the concept of time travel an inordinate amount of thought. Perhaps most condemning, every week I sit at a table with …