7 Strategies Villains Use to Trick Their Victims

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In many stories, we don’t want to give away who the villain is right away. In other stories, we want the reader to know but our other characters not to. In either case, we need to drop subtle hints so that in the end, when everyone knows, it feels natural and(…)

How Do You Deal With Grief?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) She dried her tears and they did smile To see her cheeks’ returning glow How little dreaming all the while That full heart throbbed to overflow. With that sweet look and lively tone And bright eye shining all the day They could not guess at midnight lone How she would weep(…)

Are You Going to Watch The Hobbit?

Next week, the first installment of The Hobbit premiers in theaters. In honor of the release, I wanted to share this beautiful instrumental compilation by The Piano Guys of Lord of the Rings music. (If you’re not subscribed to their YouTube Channel, you should be.) Will you be watching The Hobbit in theaters or waiting(…)

How to Survive a Critique

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I have a love-hate relationship with critiques. I recognize they’re important (especially if you’re planning to self-publish the way I am), yet it hurts to hear my work isn’t perfect, and it’s even tougher to tell someone else what’s wrong with their work, which I have to regularly do as a(…)

Do You Ever Wish You Were Someone Else?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I used to wish I was more like other people. I wanted to be funny like my brother. Smart like the people on Jeopardy. I wanted the fashion sense of my cousins, and the patience of my grandma. Basically, I wished I was like everyone but me. What I forgot was(…)

Would You Sleep In A Hotel Made of Ice?

What do Captain America, Brendan Fraser, and Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel have in common? No idea? They were all frozen in ice and re-animated years later. Far be it from me to argue with the writers of Captain America, Encino Man, and Ice Age, but even though it would mean prolonging my life, the idea(…)

How to Create a Truly Frightening Villain

In my first-year English class at university, we dissected John Milton’s Paradise Lost—an epic poem set in heaven, hell, and the Garden of Eden during the creation and fall of man. I didn’t keep many of my English “textbooks,” but I kept that one. It was the start of my love affair with villains. I(…)

Wreck-It Ralph: What Would Happen If We All Put Others First?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Wreck-It Ralph is an animated movie starring the villain of the arcade game Fix-It Felix, Jr. Ralph’s role in the game is to smash an apartment complex with his giant fists. Felix fixes Ralph’s damage using his magic hammer. If the player wins, Felix gets a medal from the Nicelanders whose(…)

Three Tips for Better Listening

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) If you’ve ever been in any sort of relationship, you’ve probably heard the accusation “You’re not listening to me.” Recently, August McLaughlin, one of my favorite bloggers, nominated me for the Reader Appreciation Award in her post on Thoughtful Blog Reading: Habits and Perks. This award honors faithful readers for the(…)

Have You Nominated Your Favorite Blog Yet?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Strangely enough, along with this being the season for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s also the season for blog contests, and the nominations will soon close for two contests I wanted you to know about. Nominating a blog you enjoy is one of the best ways to support and encourage that blogger,(…)