Credits to Plato who coined the phrase that “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” While true that what I find pleasing may differ from others’ opinions, there seems to be a school of thought that every book should have at least one villain. In other words, a beauty is insufficient without a literary beast.  A “baddie” does not necessarily have to be a person. As Randy Ingermanson shares on his website, www.advancedfictionwriting.com, “It’s perfectly OK to have society be the cause of all your lead character’s ills. It’s perfectly OK to have the environment be the ‘villain.’ It’s OK to have your protagonist be his own worst enemy.”Read More →

Most people I know do not have scads of free hours to tackle something new, let alone a big project like writing a book. To the contrary, they tend to be overbooked and overstressed. In my case, I have long juggled many balls. When I worked in banking, I went to school at night or pursued a professional designation. I still work on deadline and have to be organized. It’s not always easy. Life intrudes or something ends up taking longer than originally expected or I just want to take a break to exercise or see a movie. I am a consummate maker of listsRead More →