Hot & Cold

Maximize the power of temperature to craft a more powerful story. Turn the temperature up for fiery anger or sizzling passion. Turn it down for icy moods, frosty dialog, or chilling foreshadowing. Temperature can: reveal mood reveal a character’s emotion be a...

Color symbolism

You’ve all seen the meme that slams English teachers and literary analysis. Student: The green drapes symbolize….blah blah blah. Writer: I just wanted green drapes. Not every descriptor an author uses is symbolic. Often color only provides imagery—giving color...

Symbolic Architecture

The roof overhead. The window your main character gazes through. The threshold walked across. The door opened. Or slammed shut. Structural features may be used symbolically to (1) foreshadow, (2) reveal character, (3) provide conflict, (4) a amplify conflict, and ( 5)...

Symbolic Setting

Setting is more than just location. It’s a powerful tool for establishing themes, mood, tone, and, should you be so inclined, making a social/cultural/religious/political statement.  Setting will: influence and emphasize a character’s actions spotlight a...

KALAMATA, GREECE

Sexy vacations. Who doesn’t want to go on one?  Actually, any vacation is sexy in my book. I get to visit a new place, learn history, sample different foods, and pretend, if only for a week, that I am a globetrotting Jetsetter. I get to unwind, spend some...