Thank You To John Ronald Ruel Tolkien

I think we all need to step back and appreciate that "Ronald" is in Tolkien's name. (MY GOSH. Ok, so on a draft I was working on over the summer, I named a fast food place "Ronald John's". And later I thought, "wow, what a stupid, stupid name." But now I think I named it … Continue reading Thank You To John Ronald Ruel Tolkien

On Heroes and Villains

I recently read an article about writing villains. It said something interesting about them, about why they are so important. The article said that without the villain, the hero is nothing. The conflict that the villain creates makes the hero interesting. Heroes are predictable and boring when circumstances are regular. The hero's chance to shine … Continue reading On Heroes and Villains