Video: Writing Villains and Antagonists

I decided to do a video with tips and thoughts on writing antagonists, villains, and interpersonal conflict.

I give you several exercises to help you make your villains believable, some motivations to try, some experiments to do, and some examples that display the kind of complex and nuanced interaction I want to see between protagonists and their antagonists.

Video: Writing Diverse Characters

I’m revisiting the topic of writing diverse characters (with a focus on my specialty, asexuality!) in this video:

The content is not 100% original because I’m just sharing some excerpts I wrote from blog posts that were featured on a diverse-writing-related blog some time ago. But I’m giving perspective on why diverse characters are important and some pointers on how to write them.

Video: Choices in Publishing

This month’s video deals with choices we as writers have to make in publishing—specifically with regards to publishing paths. We receive many messages about what you “have to” do if you want to be published, but many of them are elements of mainstream publishing, which isn’t the only option for today’s writers. Here is a video discussing my thoughts on what to take into consideration when picking a publishing path.

Video: Why Editing Is So Important

Just a quick unprofessional video telling you why it’s important to be professional when you submit your work to agents or publishers!

This video explains the philosophy behind why authors should not assume the message or the story is going to be so fantastic that it will eclipse the need for basic language skills. Good stories can be and will be rejected sometimes because their execution is messy.

The message: If you are not so great at this, please get a proofreader, and NEVER assume you’re going to be the exception.

Video: Acknowledgments

In this month’s video, I give some advice on what you might consider for your acknowledgments page.

This video does apply to folks who don’t have a book deal or even those who haven’t finished their books yet. Start keeping these things in mind now, and I promise it’ll save you a lot of headache later!

Video: Writing to the Market

Here’s another new video from my writing channel offering a discussion of what it means to “write to the market” and what compromises you can expect to make if you want to be marketable.

Spoiler alert: The practical upshot here is that attempted trend-riding will get you nowhere, and attempting to be marketable should not lead you to compromise the soul of your work.