August 31st, 2018

Plot, Character and…WHAT?

Laurie Schnebly Campbell

A quick note from your WITS blog mistress: I’m sorry for so many comments not getting posted as soon as we’d like. All four of us were out of town, and no one had internet access. (Two of us thought we would be able to approve comments, but we were wrong.) Everything […]

April 20th, 2018

You’re Driving Me Crazy!

Laurie Schnebly Campbell

You’ve heard of the Myers-Briggs test, right? Maybe even taken it for school or work? Maybe even had one or two or 28 of your characters take it?

No worries if you haven’t done any of that — it’s a pretty simple concept, which goes all the way back to Aristotle. (Actually […]

August 18th, 2017

No Road She Can’t Travel

Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Does it speak well for women, or badly, that while the classic Hero’s Journey involves 12 steps, the innovative Heroine’s Journey involves 13?

Is that because women take longer to reach their happily ever after? Or does it mean they have more fascinating avenues to explore than men?

 Actually, either gender could […]

August 19th, 2016

Braiding Your Book

Laurie Schnebly Campbell

What does braiding a book mean?

Off the top of my head, that seems like an easy question. Since a braid has three parts, a braided book has — hmm.

Goal / motivation / conflict.

A hero / heroine / villain.

Emotions / actions / thoughts.

Description / dialogue / narrative.


February 19th, 2016

What is Your Character’s Driving Force?


Laurie Schnebly Campbell

We all want interesting characters. People who fascinate us. People who make readers feel intrigued. People who do more than sit in the garden and gaze at the grass. And we’ve all read books where, even if the characters aren’t spending every minute gazing at the grass, they aren’t doing much else […]