Polishing a Diamond in the Rough—aka, Your First Draft

I fear the second draft. While other writers use this time to carve their rough diamonds to perfection, I stare at my manuscripts and wonder how to start. What do I peel away? What words will be left behind? Will the draft only need stitches, here or there, a slight Botox fill, or total facial … More Polishing a Diamond in the Rough—aka, Your First Draft

The Protagonist: The Most Important Guy and the Reason’s Why

When a reader picks up your tale, you want them to become invested. When you pick up a book, don’t you yourself want to relate in some way to what you are reading? Doing so helps one better understand the story. The thrill of the action, the twists, and the potential romance or heartbreak will … More The Protagonist: The Most Important Guy and the Reason’s Why