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What Does Your Behavior Say About Who You Are?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Does our behavior at the worst of times say as much about us as our behavior at the best of times? At the start of Captain America, Steve Rogers is a ninety-pound asthmatic who’s been turned away from serving in the US military five times, despite their need for soldiers to(…)

Do You Like A Little Contradiction In Your Characters?

Today I’m pleased to welcome Jen Kirchner to my blog. I first “met” Jen through her Vote Your Own Adventure series on her blog. When I heard she had a book coming out, I knew I had to try to bring her here to meet all of you. And she agreed! Jen is a writer,(…)

Three Steps to Creating Believable Character Emotions

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve been a mother who accidentally killed her only child. I’ve been an orphan stalked by the man who murdered her family. I’ve been a barbarian warrior struggling with how to survive in his brutal, pagan culture now that he’s come to faith in the one, true God. I’ve been all(…)

Is There A Cost to Hiding Our Mistakes?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Should we always admit our mistakes, sins, and bad decisions and accept responsibility for them, or are there times when we should simply move on and try to forget they happened? The decision is probably easy when the stakes are small, but what about when we run into one of those(…)

The Creation of Haedyn: A Walk Through Building an Unusual Character

I’m excited to welcome fellow fantasy author and WANA-ite Jennifer L. Oliver to my blog today. Jennifer was born and raised in North Carolina and now lives on Florida’s gulf coast with her husband, two cats, a dog, and multiple fish. She is the author of dark urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers. When she’s not(…)

6 Ways Your Metaphors Are Hurting Your Novel

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last week I wrote about Three Keys to Memorable Metaphors and Similes. This week I think we need to look at the biggest gaffes we can accidentally make when trying to write a metaphor or simile. It’s one thing to make these fumbles if you’re trying to write corny humor. It’s(…)

Should We Bother Making Resolutions?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) What does it say about human nature that we continue to make resolutions every January even when year after year we fail to keep them? Maybe that failure isn’t such a bad thing. In Season 3 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a teenage character named Nog wants to apply to(…)

Are Cellos and Star Wars the Next Peanut Butter and Jelly?

I love when someone is able to bring together two of my favorite things—in this case, science fiction and music. This play on Star Wars is called Cello Wars. Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, this video is fun to watch. Some great music has actually come out of science fiction and fantasy(…)

Three Keys to Memorable Similes and Metaphors

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Metaphors and similes are one of the keys to memorable stories because they create images that tap into our emotions. They stick in our minds because they give us something tangible to hang on to. A simile uses like or as to compare two different things. A metaphor goes a step(…)

Have You Lost Your Taste for Adventure?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) As The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens, Bilbo Baggins has no desire for adventure. The curious child he once was is gone, leaving only a hobbit who enjoys his food, and pipe, and comfortable home. The wizard Gandalf and a pack of zealous dwarves invade his house and offer him the(…)