December 14th, 2015

The Character Arc – From Fear to Greatness

Piper Bayard

A character arc in fiction, as in life, is the path by which a character transcends his deepest fear to achieve greatness. Without this evolution, the reader has no reason to travel with that character through the story.



To create this character arc, we must know our […]

September 18th, 2015

Explore the Layers of Conflict in Your Story

Piper Bayard of Bayard & Holmes

No one wants to read about a fictional nice day. Great fiction is about one thing, and one thing only . . . problems. And lots of them. Problems keep the pages turning, and the heart of a problem is conflict. Without conflict, there is no plot, which is […]

June 15th, 2015

Writing Spies: Finding Bugs – Who, When, and How?

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes

In our last Writing Spies article, we talked about bugging rooms.* But what if our characters need to know if a room is already bugged?


These guys expect to be watched.Bugging them could be difficult.


First, consider the character being bugged and the character […]

March 9th, 2015

Writing Spies: Which Agency Does What to Who?

Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes

One of the most common mistakes in fiction is confusing which intelligence agencies have the power to do what to whom and where they have the authority to do it. Today, we want to clear up that confusion.

While there are numerous military and civilian intelligence agencies, we’ll […]

November 17th, 2014

Writing Spies: How the Pros Bug

Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes

*** For those of you who write about covert operatives, we invited Bayard & Holmes back to share some insider tips on how to write believable spies. Enjoy! ***

The basic function spooks serve is to spy on people and organizations. Technology makes that task easier. […]