The Three Pitfalls of Romance Subplots (+ Mini Book Review)

Alright, guys. After bashing romances for so long, it’s time to officially explain what about them makes me roll my eyes in disgust. First off, Romance as a genre is one I heartily stay away from. It seems to be a very limited genre, because I can only imagine so many ways to write a … More The Three Pitfalls of Romance Subplots (+ Mini Book Review)

A Way to Plot if Plotting Isn’t Your Thing

As I said in mid-April’s post, I’ve come to the conclusion that authors have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to different aspects of writing novels. My personal favorite is world-building; my “story ideas” aren’t really story ideas but rather world ideas. Characters, I feel like I can handle pretty well. But plotting? Let me … More A Way to Plot if Plotting Isn’t Your Thing

A Revolutionary Idea (+Mini Book Review +BONUS! Kittens!)

I’ve been thinking recently about the state of our novel selection in book stores and libraries and the like. And, as I assume you know based on my usual content on this blog, what I’m most interested in is finding ways to improve the books out there so they’re more original and interesting. Not to … More A Revolutionary Idea (+Mini Book Review +BONUS! Kittens!)

Short Story Strain (+Mini Reviews + Bonus! Cat Pics)

If any of you wonderful, loyal readers have explored my authors’s site, or read TMC’s last post at the very least, you know I write weekly short stories. Out of the three categories thus far, two are mere genres. The third is not. It’s an ongoing collection of short stories based on a sort of … More Short Story Strain (+Mini Reviews + Bonus! Cat Pics)

A Pre-Published Author’s Site (+ Mini Drama Reviews)

Creating my author’s website took some thought. Published authors generally center their website on their published works, but of course I’m not published yet, so the question was what’s my content? Perhaps I’m starting in the wrong place. More importantly than “what should my site have on it” is the question “why have one at … More A Pre-Published Author’s Site (+ Mini Drama Reviews)

The Big Character Controversy (+ Mini Book Review)

We Know the “Strong Female Character” Label Isn’t Working Because it’s Always in Quotations Every writer’s blog ever has written a post about their take on the whole “strong females character” argument. It’s understandable that it would be such a complex topic to write about when we don’t really know how gender representation needs to … More The Big Character Controversy (+ Mini Book Review)