Many writers face the fear of being unoriginal: there's no plot, character, storyline, twist, or ending that hasn't been done before. Is this a valid fear? Should we just admit defeat, throw down our pens and find a new hobby? Not at all. We'll mix up the picture and expression a bit: You may think … Continue reading All Been Done Before
I got all my sisters with me! (Ok, tell me you didn't start singing that in your head when you saw the title.) What we are talking about today expands on my last post about making an impact on the lives of those around us. We're taking it beyond helping or caring and up to … Continue reading We Are Family
Z is for Zero, and we are celebrating two different zeros today: there are zero posts left for the April A-Z blog challenge and today's final trope: Zero Approval Gambit. In stories filled with both heroes and villains who want to win you to their side (like the Villain with Good Publicity) there are a … Continue reading Zero Approval Gambit
I think you know where I'm going with this one. It's not uncommon in YA stories - it's one of the ways that they get the younger generation to drive the story. It can be quite literally taking command over an army - like Jiaan in the Farsala Trilogy by Hilari Bell when the Hrum … Continue reading You are In Command Now
As you can probably guess, X is a tough letter of the alphabet to find anything for - however, those dedicated fans who go through books and TV shows searching for similarities have risen to the occasion. It helps when you can find a character who's name starts with X! Disney provides this character in … Continue reading Xanatos Gambit
"What are You in the Dark?" Of course, we may all find ourselves a bit less put together when we are behind closed doors. We let our hair down, relax our standards, and don't worry about putting our best foot forward. For most of us, this isn't a problem. When the time comes, we roll … Continue reading What are You in the Dark?