Monthly Archives: October 2014

Novel In a Day 2014

Novel In a Day 2014

Last weekend, I took part in the annual Novel in a Day writing event, hosted by Literature & Latte.  I didn’t actually write an entire novel in a day, that would probably be impossible.  At least for me.  No, NaiD is much more interesting than that. Along with 24 other writers, I received an outline for one chapter in […]

50 Shades of Dialogue

50 Shades of Dialogue

Have I plugged these brilliant reviews of the Fifty Shades trilogy, yet?  Katrina Passick Lumsden lays out exactly what is wrong with the characterization of Christina and Ana, the disturbing gender politics of these books, the ludicrous plot points. Plus, she refers to Christian’s junk as a “bologna wand.” Anywho, I’m not reviewing these books, […]

50 Shades of Conflict

50 Shades of Conflict

So. Bored. Fifty Shades of Grey was entertaining in its horribleness. But Fifty Shades Darker is so vanilla. There just isn’t any conflict to keep me turning the pages, and there is no story without conflict. Let’s talk about motivation.  A story is about a protagonist REALLY, REALLY wanting something. She will spend the entire […]