• Plot Outline: The Main Plot

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    Alright, so we know that a compelling protagonist is a necessary medium through which to tell a story. Readers need someone to root for; someone to go on the journey of the novel with that they actually care about. So, now that we’ve got that protagonist, we need to outline the main plot of the story they find themselves in the middle of. A novel-length project is a big undertaking, so how can we make sure everything makes sense? A plot outline is an invaluable resource in ensuring two things: a) there’s actually something happening in your book, and b) the plot follows a logical, engaging flow. A main plot…

  • Character Outline: The Protagonist

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    So, here’s the thing. If you’ve been hanging out and reading my blog posts for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been writing, editing, rewriting, and rewriting some more a YA contemporary fantasy for the last few years (it was even a part of my Masters thesis!). Well, dear readers, I am both relieved and weirded out to share that I have written “The End” on that manuscript and it is now floating out there in the world, hoping to find a home. If you’ve ever been here before, you’ll understand how I’m feeling right about now. That story and those characters have been in my head, a part of…

  • Getting Organized for 2020

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    Happy New Year, friends! You know what’s crazy? We’re living in the twenties. So bonkers. As we kick off the new year, what better way than getting organized for 2020? This blog has been a pretty strictly writing-based space. I do have a solid plan for the blog this year that will definitely include writing/editing/publishing posts, but I’ve always had this yearning to post here about other things. This year, I’m going to use this space much more, with more diverse content. (I hope that excites you like it excites me.) I’m a Type-A personality with a big ol’ flourish of creative spirit. Yes, that is a difficult balancing act…

  • These Words Matter: Christine Lynn Herman

    These Words Matter: Christine Lynn Herman

    I loved stories long before I ever learned how to read. I spent my early childhood enraptured by my family’s imagination, listening to elaborate bedtime renditions of classic Grimm’s fairytales mixed with original characters my family had decided to throw in, just for fun. Most of my extended family have a fondness for a good yarn and a storyteller’s ear. A simple trip to the grocery store becomes a three-act event that hits just as many beats as the traditional hero’s journey, and our own pasts and personal histories all feel like part of a collective mythos that’s told and retold at parties and holidays. I always knew I was…

  • Book Review: “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

    Book Review: "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins

    Listen, I know I’m really late to this series. I acknowledge that. In fact, I’m jealous of those who read The Hunger Games books as they came out. There’s nothing quite like reading a wonderful series as it publishes, and I missed that with The Hunger Games. However, even coming to the series late (and after watching all of the movies), I enjoyed these books more than anything I’ve read in months. I would say all three of The Hunger Games books deserve five stars, but Mockingjay really sticks out for me. I am not only awed by how little changed in the book-to-movie translation–and there was very little changed–but…