Writing characters with anxiety and mental looping

Why not curse your main character or villain with the inability to let a thought go?  Why not riddle them with depression or rage? Why not make the darkest depths of the night impossible to sleep through and haunting? I have a non-traditional kind of anxiety, I call it mental looping. Most of the time,…

Writing characters with hypoglycemia

High blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia is a good alternative to diabetic characters. Having a hypoglycemic character can add drama and emotion to a slower book or speed up a fast one. I am hypoglycemic and I’m going to tell you about the daily struggle of eating. I need to eat every 5 hours…

Writing characters with Dyslexia

Growing up dyslexic I can confirm that the hardest part is learning to spell dyslexia. For you writers out there, let me condense some of your research and give you a good starting point. Let’s start with the physical changes to the brain. There are lots of different kinds of dyslexia that effect different parts…

This years writing books

“No Plot No Problem” in now in my top two nonfiction books. I had never picked the book up because I love to plot out me books, but now that I started reading it, I relies that the title is misleading. The book is not about not having a plot, it’s about having fun writing….

Increasing writing productivity

It goes by many names, “some day syndrome”, “one day syndrome”, it is a disease that afflicts want-to-be-authors and yet-to-write-novelists. The symptoms include, but are not limited to, slow writing pace, low productivity, abandoned manuscripts, and lack of writing moral. The cause is simple, thinking that maybe, eventually, someday, you will write a novel, and…

Inspiration from your creative playground

When you were a kid didn’t you enjoy playing in a field or on the monkey bars or even climbing trees? I sure did, and still do, but my playground has changed quite a bit. For writing purposes, I developed a planet where all dreams go once they’re forgotten. As you might imagine, a lot…

Fast and Easy Symbols for Fiction Writing

What makes humans different than every other animal on earth? What makes us able to work together and accomplish such big projects? The ability to make and use symbols, like art, music, and most importantly language. Many writers are afraid of symbols, maybe they were scared off by being lectured about them in school, but…

A dream in poem form

Once there was a mountain too big to be seen There were no good paths and the only heat was steam We lived here, me and my team The only problem was the Veam   The Veam were criminals, unruly and rough They would break into stores to show they were tough And would fight…

Characters with dominant emotions

When you look at a character you have written for, do they jump off the page? Do your own little people interest you? If they don’t, you’re not alone.  A lot of people list character traits, and that’s not wrong; Knowing who your characters are and what they stand for is very important. It is,…

The Amazingly Average Character

In contemporary American society, a lot of the characters are exactly the same. Tons of video game characters are ‘the special one’ or ‘the only one that can save the world’ Hollywood depicts the same few type of main characters over and over again, the spy or generally awesome guy that’s skilled or has access…