The Book-Room Challenge

Hey, kids, guess what? I'm not actually dead! It just happens that I've been tagged by not one, but two of my favorite bloggers in an already-busy month. But... of all the kinds of busy, this is the bestistest. This week, we're just going to start with the one, but come back next week because we'll have some more awesome … Continue reading The Book-Room Challenge

When Haters Hate (Which Is Always)

When I first talked to my mom about starting a blog (or two or three), she warned me about comments. I had lots of helpful stuff to share, I was a good writer... all that sweet mom stuff. But she also warned me that I, as a Christian, would be a target. People would immediately try to attack me without hearing me … Continue reading When Haters Hate (Which Is Always)

Playing by the Rules with Description

Narrative is tricky stuff. Writing teachers throw all kinds of rules at us. Show, don't tell. Vary the length of your sentences. Show, don't tell. Adverbs are taboo. Show, don't tell. Oh, did I mention showing and not telling? Fantasy writers have the hardest job of all, it seems. When it comes to description, not only are … Continue reading Playing by the Rules with Description

Why I Wrote an Encyclopaedia (and Maybe You Should, Too)

Okay. I promise we will have a real post in a few seconds, but first things first. I have gotten this question way too many times, and now I have to clear it up: Yes, Elkay and Kylo have the same surname. No, that was not intentional on my part. I don't know about J.J. Abrams. Get … Continue reading Why I Wrote an Encyclopaedia (and Maybe You Should, Too)

MBTI: How It Can Help Your MC

Note: If you are unfamiliar with MBTI - the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - or missed Part 1 of this series, click here. Once you've read that, this post will make much more sense! Once upon a time, there was a young author named Hannah who never had any struggles with characterization. She had in her head … Continue reading MBTI: How It Can Help Your MC

A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Bad

“Whenever you take on playing a villain, he has to cease to be a villain to you. If you judge this man by his time, he's doing very little wrong.” -Colin Firth Everyone agrees that a supervillain should be antagonistic, amoral, willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want, and for the … Continue reading A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Bad