The Dead or Absent Mothers of Literature

I saw a blog opening up the floor to celebrate great motherly characters in literature for Mother’s Day. I scanned my shelves for a bit, because the only one that was jumping to my mind was Mrs. Weasley. I tried to think of books not on my shelves, and still wasn’t coming up with much.Continue reading “The Dead or Absent Mothers of Literature”

Complex Baddies (Raising Your Villain’s Stakes)

A couple days ago, I wrote a post about Raising Stakes in your story. I’d like to talk a little more specifically about the way this affects your characterization and relationships between characters, in particular today we will talk about villains. Earlier on in my writing, I didn’t think specifically about this. I would sometimesContinue reading “Complex Baddies (Raising Your Villain’s Stakes)”