The Mysteries of Writing


    Mysteries of Writing   Traci Kenworth       There are a lot of mysteries it seems when it comes to writing. If you look at the expert advice on the how-tos, certain things are clear: it takes hard work, a regular schedule, and constant openness to ideas and learning to succeed. There’s […]

Are You Making an Impression with Your Character?


Are Your Characters Making an Impression? Traci Kenworth   When we set off to write our story, often the characters we choose are flat. They have no substance, no reason for existing yet, they’re a blank canvas. Oh, we might see them as a grand creation in our minds but they’re not ready, not yet. […]

I’ve accepted another tag…


Barbara’s Meanderings has tagged me. Here are the questions: 1. If you could be any famous person, who would you be? I don’t know if I’d want their crazy, publicity-hounded lives, but if I could be the female Stephen King and write as many books as he has, make them as fantastic as he has, […]

The Inciting Incident


The Inciting Incident Traci Kenworth   According to Wiki Answer the inciting incident is, “The conflict that begins the action of the story and causes the protagonist to react.” I.E. Cas moves in order to confront/exorcise ghosts, he’s killed seventeen in the past but Anna Dressed in Blood is something he’s never seen before, even […]

By the Roadside…


By the Roadside (Observations on life, books and the like…) Traci Kenworth   Living where I do, in Amish country, is simple, easy, and a bit breath-taking. You see some quaint things you don’t see every day in the city. I think it’s part of the charm. Yet, more and more residents are having to […]

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 […]

Review: The Mockingjay


SPOILER ALERT: Let me just say that I loved this series by Suzanne Collins. The heroine, Katniss Everdeen, is likeable, spunky, someone to root for. Plus there are two boys in her life to keep you enthralled. The world is well built, downright scary to imagine and all the players fit well into it. I’ve […]