Simmer Starters – March 18, 2016

5 Awkward Questions to Ask Your Protagonists (Janeen Ippolito) – A great set of questions to get to know your characters better.  (My characters answered the questions in the comment section too. 😀 ) Who’s Your Daddy? (Redeemed Reader) – Fascinating thoughts here on the absence (or antagonism) of fathers in literature and what it might mean. […]

Simmer Starters – February 26, 2016

Narrating Dreams & Visions (Mythcreants) – Sleep stuff fascinates me!  This is a good breakdown of information about things like sleepwalking and sleep paralysis, as well as suggestions about how to write dream sequences and visions. In TKT I actually fall afoul of one of their tips to not change tense or switch between 1st and 3rd POV. […]

Simmer Starters – February 19, 2016

Frank, the Beagle of Unexpected Plot Twists (Janeen Ippolito) – My other links today are kind of heavy, but not this one – enjoy this fun look inside an intuitive writer’s brain. 😀 Is a Surrogate a Mother? (Michelle Goldberg) – Long article that illustrates the kind of moral conundrums and heartbreaking situations we’ve created in […]

Simmer Starters – February 13, 2016

Business Musings: Serious Writer Voice (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) – This is a great, encouraging article about how every writer’s books should be different and we don’t all have to follow the same rules. How Atheist Authors Steal From God (Mike Duran) – “You can’t have bad guys without real evil. You can’t have compelling drama without real […]

Simmer Starters – February 5, 2016

The Mission Field of Young Adult Fiction (Mike Duran) – Some interesting thoughts here. I like the quote from Mary Weber: “[Teens] want to be entertained and respected that they can find elements of truth and God and honor in a story without needing a [S]cripture or certain Christian vocabulary spelled out.” Finding Comparable Books (Rachelle Gardner) […]