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...

The Magic of Symbolism

Words are magic. Powerful magic. Often imbued with symbolic meaning—overtones, undertones, nuance, subtext, connotation, and feelings—deep within our collective consciousness. Meanings we respond to on a visceral level, often emotional level.   By artful use, the...

The Writing Process

I get asked a lot about my writing process. What do you do first? How long does it take? Panster or planner? How many hours do you write a day? Usually I ask why they want to  know.  Do you want to write a book? Are you currently writing a book? if the answer is no,...