Serving Up the Perfect Pitch #AuthorToolbox

With the arrival of conference season, it’s time to get those rusty social skills out and start polishing. For me, that means reevaluating my manuscript and figuring out how to talk about it in a brief and interesting fashion. In other words, getting my pitch ready. Of course, "pitch" is really a poor word [...]

By |2018-05-16T02:32:30-05:00May 14th, 2018|Publishing, Writing|31 Comments

Author Toolbox Blog Hop: Creating a Strong First Impression

Tournament roleplaying is a different experience entirely from playing in a home campaign. For four hours you share an experience with a group of people, usually strangers, telling a story, and then you just go your separate ways. This means every game you must introduce your character from scratch. After hundreds of introductions, I [...]

By |2018-04-18T00:26:55-05:00April 16th, 2018|Craft, Writing|23 Comments

Author Toolbox Blog Hop: A Year in Review

So, my planned post for this month's blog hop isn't quite finished so I thought there couldn't be a better time to show just how amazing the Author Toolbox Blog Hop is! Here I have compiled every article I could find and categorized them.  If I missed one of yours please leave a comment [...]

By |2018-03-29T22:56:05-05:00March 21st, 2018|Resources, Writing|18 Comments

Author Toolbox: Character Creation-Crystallizing Your Characters

One of the quintessential steps for my concept creation came from a fill-in character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons. Stuffed in a corner underneath a large section letting you describe your character’s appearance, there was a small box labeled “Personality” and beneath it in fine text were instructions that read “List 6 words to [...]

By |2018-03-02T22:54:18-05:00February 19th, 2018|Writing|22 Comments

Author Toolbox: Character Creation – From Meeple to People

I have never loved the perfect hero. The old-school heroes like Superman felt too good to be true. I blame my brothers, of course, for my issues with the pure protagonist.  My first RPG character set me on the path for creating a flawed hero, and I have never looked back. During my first [...]

By |2018-01-17T15:55:28-05:00January 15th, 2018|Writing|31 Comments

Author Toolbox: Character Creation- Building from Clichés

Over years of playing role-playing games, I have interacted with a gamut of players and their characters. It let me see vastly different personalities acted out and character backgrounds I would have never conceived on my own. I also saw repeated characters and trope-ridden backgrounds. At one game another player even had the same [...]

By |2018-05-03T13:49:08-05:00September 18th, 2017|Writing|26 Comments

Author Toolbox Blog Hop: Not Breaking Because You Need a Break

Due to personal stresses, it has been difficult to find the time, the enthusiasm, or the energy to write the past couple months. Part of me dreads putting this post up, but struggling is part of the process and maybe sharing my personal challenges lately might help someone through theirs. If you are like [...]

By |2018-03-02T22:39:32-05:00August 14th, 2017|Writing|16 Comments

Author Toolbox Blog Hop: Article Listing

Although I will not be adding a piece this month to the Author Toolbox Blog Hop, I wanted to share the great content produced by my fellow hoppers. Blog hopping is a great way to connect and learn from other writers and bloggers and Raimey Gallant's Author Toolbox has some amazing people involved. There are articles [...]

By |2017-07-19T16:29:40-05:00July 19th, 2017|Writing|9 Comments

Author Toolbox: Character Creation- Beginning with Personality

In tournament role-playing games, the vast majority of my experiences were playing with strangers. However, I loved the opportunity to play with friends or family. Collaboratively creating characters with intertwined stories is one of the things I think I miss the most when writing. When writing your own story, you miss out on the [...]

By |2018-03-02T22:29:15-05:00June 19th, 2017|Writing|13 Comments

Author Toolbox: Character Creation- Starting from Backstory

My experience with developing rich, complex backgrounds is due in large part to my brother’s influence. Frank always insisted on developing how your character got to the start of the game. Why are they a warrior or a mage? Who taught them? What else did they learn? Even with my first character, after the [...]

By |2018-03-02T22:38:08-05:00May 15th, 2017|Writing|38 Comments