How Writing is like a Video Game Race

If writing a book (and getting it published) is a video game—think especially of any racing game—there are obstacles, ramps, curves:


Writer on the Run: Can’t Do Attitude

I would rather re-do a run, which I knew I could get through, than get frustrated by attempting a more challenging run and failing ... We’re our own harshest critics, right? Supposedly this means that we constantly strive to improve. However, those perfectionists might also be holding ourselves back.

Archetypes and Characters

Women Who Run Wild, a book list

Recently Published Fiction starring Heroines Who Run Wild Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent Turtle has wandered the woods since the death of her mother, adventuring and isolated until she meets a boy at school who draws her out and makes her realize what a safe and secure life should look like. Bear and the Nightingale… Continue reading Women Who Run Wild, a book list

Archetypes and Characters, Romance

5 Movie Villains Who Could Be Romance Heroes, with a little TLC

Sometimes a bad guy has more appeal than the hero, especially if the so-called villain is as ruthless in his pursuit of the heroine as he is in achieving the rest of his goals. Here are fivescience fiction and fantasy movie villains whose characters could become enthralling romance heroes, given some moral fiber.

Paranormal Romance, Romance, Science Fiction Romance

Dragon Heroes … are from Mars?

Dragons in fiction have evolved in the way of vampires, supernatural villains that once threatened and preyed upon maidens have become the heroes of paranormal romance. While a fantasy realm might seem like a draconian hero's natural habitat, there's an abundance of shapeshifting dragon aliens. What's up with that?