My 2021 Pitch Wars Wish List

TL;DR I’m a mentor in the Adult category looking for most genre fiction with an emphasis on science fiction and fantasy. I will also consider horror, steampunk, alternate history, historical, and the NA category. Please do not apply if your manuscript is: Romance (The genre, that is. Romantic subplots are fine!), contemporary, thriller, mystery, epistolary, […]

On Establishing Need For Your Characters

“Make your characters proactive instead of reactive.” Many writers learn this advice fairly early on. Have your main characters make the decisions and they’ll become much more interesting than those who let the minor characters call the shots (the latter scenario of which is a common pitfall). But how do you make them proactive? You […]

Over-Expressive Characters Make Me Sigh (Part 2)

I wanted to dig a little more into my previous post about using expressions during character interaction. You can find Part 1 here. Let’s first address why people resort to these expressions in the first place. It’s because they’re taught to show instead of tell, and having your characters shrug and sigh are ways of […]