friendship & coffee

I am a solo writer. I’m not one of those people who joins writers’ groups and loves to chat about “the craft.” I’m sure those groups are a lot of fun, but I’d rather just write. Or maybe it’s because I’m an introvert who can only handle being around groups of people I don’t know for so long before I’m overwhelmed by the need to hide under a desk and drink in some silence.

But friends, friends are different. It’s always fun to meet with friends and throw ideas around, get input on story possibilities, and hear thoughts that didn’t originate in my brain. (more…)

fiction fail

Confession time: I have issues with fiction.

Which is odd, because I write fiction. Or maybe that explains everything.

The thing is, I crave authenticity. But authenticity is hard to find in fiction, especially when it comes to characters and endings.

Much too often, the characters are simple stereotypes or completely lack depth. They’re missing the motivation for their actions or any true personality. I’m a big fan of personality. I want characters to be quirky and full of life, like real people are. I want them to talk like real people. Instead what I hear coming out of their mouths are the words the author shoves in there. (more…)