• All,  Characters,  Writing

    top 5 reads of 2018

    This year, I joined the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge by pledging to read 40 books. Sadly, I didn’t reach my goal (not even close — I’m a terribly slow reader), but I did read more than I ever have in a year and I read some pretty fine fiction, including many books that have sat on my To-Be-Read list for years. For a complete rundown of my reading year, you can check out the list on my Current Reads page. But for now, here are my top five favorites of 2018. 1. 1984 // George Orwell This one will probably stick with me for a long time. Admittedly, I am…

  • All,  Characters,  Tools and Tips,  Writing

    mbti for richer characters

    Annnnnnd we’re back with characters. What can I say? Creating deep and interesting characters is one of my favorite parts of starting a new writing project and is one of the most important parts of forming a flavorful plot. Usually, an idea for a character is what sends me flying to my computer for a five-hour writing binge at two in the morning (okay, I exaggerate, but that’s how it feels). I have this lively person in my head with a bright and loud voice and I just need to get down some of the things he’s telling me. From there, some semblance of a story follows, especially when I…