The Monster Show


    The Monster Show   Traci Kenworth       Who didn’t go to a monster show at some point growing up? I remember sitting on the couch every Saturday when I was twelve or thirteen watching the local channel’s Scream Theater showing. Frankenstein’s monster, the she-devil, and BIG bugs reigned. Armed with a […]

How I get Myself Unstuck from a Scene…


How I get Myself Unstuck from a Scene Traci Kenworth   I’ve come up against walls more than a few times when it comes to scenes. There’s a recent one when I needed a character to have certain powers—I just couldn’t figure out what those would be, so I procrastinated about it for days until […]

When it’s Okay


When it’s Okay to be in Love with Your Writing & when it’s not Traci Kenworth   Okay, so you just know you’ve written the one. You’re trembling with excitement, on fire with ambition, ready to shoot past the stars. Hold on there. Have you ran your brilliant creation past your critique groups and beta […]

How to Breathe Life into Your Characters Part VIII


How to Breathe Life into Your Characters Part VIII Endings: The All Important Stop Traci Kenworth   Next to your beginning hook, your ending may very well be the most challenging to write. Readers want to be satisfied, to be carried through “the dream” they’ve been exposed to. And, no, I’m not saying here to […]

How to Choose Which Genre…


Choosing the Genre in Which to Write Traci Kenworth   I’m going to divert from “How to Breathe Life into Your Characters” this week to discuss what genre you should think of putting your book in. There’s so many to choose from, and different shades of each. You have your Science Fiction-Fantasy that breaks up […]

How to Breathe Life into Your Characters VI


How to Breathe Life into Your Characters VI Introductions   The way you bring your hero/heroine onto the page is important. Some say to start with a big bang, but that doesn’t allow your character enough time for the reader to come to identify with him/her. You want to begin with the inciting incident, for […]

How to Breathe Life into Your Characters Par IV


How to Breathe Life into Your Characters IV Choosing Viewpoint   Okay, now we get down into whose “eyes” the story is told through. It should be the character with the most to lose. Is it Little Boy Blue hiding under the haystack? The Big Bad Wolf? Or Esmeralda? Sure, the villain has a lot […]

How to Breath Life into Your Characters III


How to Breathe Life in Your Characters Part III Background Info.   Now that you’ve gotten your characters’ names figured out as well as their descriptions, it’s time to move onto their backgrounds. For example, who are their parents? Where did they grow up, when is their birthday? The more detail you can put into […]

Let Me Look in the Mirror Already!


How to Breathe Life into Your Characters Part II: Let Me See in the Mirror Already!     A character’s looks. How important are they? Some say the less description the better, but I’ve read in an agent’s recent blog(and I concur)that the readers wants to know what your character looks like, warts and all. […]