On this blog, author Leanne (Willetts) Dyck reviews books, shares her short stories, offers online author readings, and comments on her author journey. Leanne writes for adults and children. Her long-term goal (five years) is to be published by a large, established publishing house. Her short goal (one year) is to earn one million page views for this blog. Please help nurture this blog by visiting and sharing.
*Articles follow the writing process from how to evaluate an idea to how to promote your book--and most everything in between.
*The oldest magazine in my collection dates back to 2006
I’m always on the lookout for magazines on the craft of
writing. That’s how I foundPoets & Writers. I’ve just pawed through but
already feel like I got my money’s worth simply by reading J.T. Bushnell’s
article—The Jerks: Creating Sympathetic
Here are some of the tips he shares…
-Show your character’s vulnerability.
-‘[T]he harder characters are on themselves, the harder it
is to call them jerks.’
-Create characters that are aware of the beauty that
-Create characters that are interested in the activities of
He concludes by stating that it is our job as writers
to find the kernel of humanity that resides within our characters and to expose
it to our readers. I look forward to more hours of reading. ***