When we create a character for our story, we usually start with a typical laundry list of traits: eye color, hair color, height, weight, gender, ethnicity, occupation. We may even go so far as to detail their habits, likes, and dislikes. But when we assign the character an age, we need to think about more than just a number. Continue reading Act Your Age! : Why the age of your character is important.
When it comes to writing an “original” story, many people are cynical and say that there is nothing original left to write, everything has been done. This may be true when it comes to general themes that can be found in a story, but there is plenty of material available to develop an original idea. I love to read stories that leave me thinking: “Wow…I wish I’d written that!” Continue reading Nothing new under the sun? You need to change your point of view.