Opening Line Madness

I'm almost through with my mammoth MS revision, and now I face the horror pleasure of fine-tuning the first pages. More exactly, the opening line. It's gotta bite. It's gotta grab you by the throat and drag you into the story. It has to tickle your synapses and make sweet love to your curiosity, until you ache to know more. …

How to brainstorm your story idea into a working concept

Last time I shared my novel planning process with you, and promised I would look into the idea exploration part as well. We all have different ways to brainstorm and develop our creative ideas, and we use different tools to help us track our thinking (from Moleskin notebooks and napkins, to mind-mapping software  and spreadsheets). But at the core of …

FORGET-ME-NOT

This piece was initially published in the On Fiction Writing magazine back in 2011. Enjoy!     When they're fresh, the cuts don't look how they're supposed to. They're moist, and the flesh around them is tender. I like them better the next day, when the scabs have covered the gashes and drawn jagged lines across …

The 3 Types of Character Arc – Change, Growth and Fall

The main reason I disagree with people who claim every story fits the hero's journey, is that it's not the only character arc out there, and it really doesn't fit every story. While I wasn't sure why exactly my story doesn't fit the description when I wrote the post on The Hero’s Journey – My Pros and Cons, my late yet intense …