Book Update: “Like Melvin” Now Available!

Book Update: “Like Melvin” Now Available!
I am very pleased to announce that as of today, my first novel “Like Melvin” is available! Copies can be found on Amazon, Google Books, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, and the Westbow  Press website. (Links below) “Like Melvin” is a Christian fiction book targeted to young adults. You can find a brief description of the...

Writing Prompts: 21 Epic Closing Lines

Writing Prompts: 21 Epic Closing Lines
Sometimes you have to begin at the end. Although most writing prompts are opening lines, there is a unique challenge to be found in composing backwards from a closing line. With that in mind, here are 21 totally original final story lines to pique your sense of creativity. Best of luck and let me know...

Worldbuilding Part I: The Five Levels of Reality

Worldbuilding Part I: The Five Levels of Reality
Worldbuilding: the concept of creating the universe in which your fictional characters live. For the avid writer, world building is an exhilarating process, filled with endless possibilities. Beginning worldbuilding is like being given a blank canvas; it is up to you the individual to create the masterpiece. The concept of worldbuilding is not one that...

Yelp Reviews From Famous Literary Characters

Yelp Reviews From Famous Literary Characters
Jean Valjean, Les Miserables: 19th Century France Penal System Half a Star 19 YEARS FOR A LOAF OF BREAD?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Horrible food, deplorable accommodations, dispassionate staff. Stay clear of guy named Javert, MAJOR power trip issues. HALF A STAR MORE THAN DESERVED!!!!! Winston Smith, 1984: The Government Five Stars WOW!!!!! FIVE STARS...

5 Writing Tips You Can Learn From Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

5 Writing Tips You Can Learn From Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast
Many have speculated that Disney’s latest craze of converting popular animated classics into live action adaptations is a thinly veiled cash grab. The main reason for this belief is…it’s basically true. Nonetheless, I am a firm believer in the idea of gleaning writing tips from all manner of genres. Disney’s conversion of a popular animated...

Character vs. Plot

Character vs. Plot
Character vs. Plot. This seems to be the most difficult choice for fiction writers at times. Do you devote your time and energy to developing the characters, or the plot? Who’s in charge? Does character serve plot or does plot serve character? This is a dilemma for many, and I really don’t believe there is...

Onomatopoeia: 5 Writing Tips

Onomatopoeia: 5 Writing Tips
Onomatopoeia: 5 Writing Tips Pow! Wham! Bang! Everyone is familiar with the idea of onomatopoeia, even if they aren’t as familiar with the cumbersome word itself. Being able to use words that mean what they sound like is a useful communication tool, as well as a fun “spice” to use when writing. There are, however,...