Hurting People

I’ve said before that a big part of writing is observing the behavior of people.  This observation enables authors to be guided toward more realistic characters.  One observation that has become very apparent in recent years is hurt.  So many people appear to be defined by the past and the pain that was inflicted upon... Continue Reading →

The Thing About Assumptions…

We are all guilty of it.  Most of the time we are unaware of the snap judgements we make about people and our settings.  While judgement has an often-negative connotation, most judgements are benign such as which clothes we wear, and the best way to start our day.  Others however, are more impactful and can... Continue Reading →

Fall Reflections

Autumn is returning for another year.  It seems like every year that I get older, my favorite season comes faster and leaves even quicker, opening the door to the six-month long Minnesota winter. If you’ve been a long-time follower of mine, you’ll know that this is the one season I reflect on the most.  Autumn... Continue Reading →

The Value of Humans

Sci-fi and genetics go hand in hand.  Speculative fiction gets to explore many “what if” scenarios.  Cloning and genetic modification are staples in the genre which is an indirect way to ask the audience, “are people commodities or do they have infinite value?” Today I ask my readers to explore this question themselves and come... Continue Reading →

Do We Crave Less Freedom?

That may seem like an odd question.  Why would people crave tyranny?  No rational person would desire to have less freedom, would they?  Most people hate being told what to do deep down, even if they know it’s good for them.  The answer is in the other part of human nature, laziness. As an author,... Continue Reading →

Wholly Evil Peoples in Fiction

It has become a common theme in fiction to have specific people groups or fictional races depicted as wholly evil.  If they aren’t portrayed as completely evil, the people who make up the antagonist army are at least rarely if ever seen in a non-belligerent way. There are the orcs of Middle-Earth (though Tolkien wasn’t... Continue Reading →

You’re So Old!

There seems to be this odd idea in the West that once a person is no longer a kid, he/she is “old.”  I’ve come across a fair share of blogs, articles, and social media posts where people in their early twenties are claiming to be old.  Unless you’re a dog, 25 isn’t old.  If you... Continue Reading →

Growth Through Change

What is one of the best ways to grow?  Try new things.  Do you want to be better at writing?  Try a new genre, story-length, or style.  People love comfort.  We know intellectually that going beyond our comfort zone is necessary to grow, but we often don’t process that knowledge emotionally. If you are like... Continue Reading →

I Don’t Wanna Write!

Do you always feel like writing?  I would guess the answer is the same to the question, “do you always want to eat chocolate?”  There are probably moments where writing is less attractive than others.  Nothing we love doing is appealing 100% of the time. Some writers have more attraction to the art than others,... Continue Reading →

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