6 tips and tricks to developing strong fictional characters

I think you'd be hard-pressed to argue against the idea that characters can make or break a story. In most cases, if not all, they are our guide through a story. More importantly, sometimes the story is their story. Regardless, your characters need to be compelling, or at the very least real in some manner. … Continue reading 6 tips and tricks to developing strong fictional characters

Want to traditionally publish a fiction novel? Here are 10 things you need to know.

Here is a list of things every writer should consider/do/attempt when going for traditional publication: The book needs to be finished before you start thinking about publication. With memoirs and some non-fiction, you don't necessarily have to have the book completed before you start querying. This is not the case at all with fiction. You … Continue reading Want to traditionally publish a fiction novel? Here are 10 things you need to know.

What I’m Reading: “Gyo,” “Uzumaki,” and “Tomie” by Junji Ito [part 3]

The Junji Ito Special Edition Trio: Gyo, Uzumaki, and Tomie Warning: There *might* be spoilers ahead. Tomie Of the Ito-trio, this was the most... meh, for me. It certainly started with the worst art, though by the end, it was just as beautiful as the art in Uzumaki (my fave). The story also follows a pattern, like Uzumaki. … Continue reading What I’m Reading: “Gyo,” “Uzumaki,” and “Tomie” by Junji Ito [part 3]

What I’m Reading: “Gyo,” “Uzumaki,” and “Tomie” by Junji Ito [part 2]

The Junji Ito Special Edition Trio: Gyo, Uzumaki, and Tomie Warning: There *might* be spoilers ahead. Uzumaki Of the three Junji Ito special edition titles, Uzumaki is my absolute favorite. No, Uzumaki is not about our fave ninji from the Hidden Lead, but more about what that name means. The word "uzumaki" translates to "spiral." Yes, this manga … Continue reading What I’m Reading: “Gyo,” “Uzumaki,” and “Tomie” by Junji Ito [part 2]

What I’m Reading: “Gyo,” “Uzumaki,” and “Tomie” by Junji Ito [part 1]

The Junji Ito Special Edition Trio: Gyo, Uzumaki, and Tomie Warning: There *might* be spoilers ahead. Gyo Of the three, this was my least favorite. Gyo starts with this couple Tadashi and Kaori on vacation. They are staying in Tadashi's uncle's beach-side home enjoying the sea and sun. However, it isn't long before something goes awry. … Continue reading What I’m Reading: “Gyo,” “Uzumaki,” and “Tomie” by Junji Ito [part 1]