December 18th, 2015

Power Your Fiction: Using Weather To Create Mood, Not Clichés

Angela Ackerman

Are you afraid of using the weather in your writing? If so, you’re not alone. After all, if not careful, weather description can be a minefield of clichés. The sunny, cloudless afternoon at the beach. The gloomy rainstorm at a funeral. Overdone setting and weather pairings can lie flat on the page.

Then […]

October 30th, 2015

Using Pressure Points To Reveal Character

Angela Ackerman

One of the most important jobs we have as writers is to always push the story forward, forcing our protagonist to act. This isn’t always easy.

Characters, like people, fight change and personal growth because it makes them feel vulnerable and can be emotionally painful. The fact is, it’s always easier to stay […]

June 24th, 2015

What Type of Secret Does Your Character Keep?

Angela Ackerman

A friend of mine, the talented YA author Martina Boone, debuted last year with Compulsion, a southern gothic mystery romance novel showcasing a protagonist with the most unique and amazing talent: she is a finder of lost things. For her, this inherited talent (sometimes a curse, sometimes a boon), acts a compulsion–when she […]

March 25th, 2015

Critique Etiquette: The Ultimate Guide for Giving & Receiving Feedback

Angela Ackerman

Years ago I joined the award-winning site, The Critique Circle, where I learned to hone my writing skills and develop the thick skin needed to take criticism and rejection. In addition to writing well beyond a thousand critiques, I became a moderator for the site, and with members in the thousands, I mediated […]

December 17th, 2014

Gifts That Matter: What Writers Need Most This Christmas

Angela Ackerman

It’s that time of year…bustling crowds in malls, shoppers lining up in endless droves, bulging virtual carts at Amazon and other e-retailers…all in pursuit of the perfect gift. We make a list, check it twice, and the jump into the holiday fray, looking forward to the joy our thoughtful presents will bring.

But […]