Weekend Writing: male queer in adult fiction

When I was a kid, male gay characters in fiction did not exist. And when they did, they were all very much the same. They were effeminate, catty, fashionable, cowardly, self-centered, and very promiscuous. They did not get lead-roles, because they weren’t fully realized characters. Queer characters in fiction during my teenage years were deliberately … Continue reading Weekend Writing: male queer in adult fiction

Weekend Writing: 7 steps to writing mental illness

If there's one thing that's ticked me off over the years, its watching novels continually fail to portray mental illness accurately, realistically, and for the sake of character not plot. So, without further ado, here are your seven steps to getting mental illness right in your next story. How did they get here? You better … Continue reading Weekend Writing: 7 steps to writing mental illness

Creep versus Self versus the World: androgynous, writing to gender, and the great oatmeal disaster.

As a kid, I wrote a lot about girls and boys, but I kept being told “be a girl”, so I wrote more about girls. Even though it grated me to be called “girl” and I never understood why for the longest time. I mean, they were technically right. I was in fact a girl. … Continue reading Creep versus Self versus the World: androgynous, writing to gender, and the great oatmeal disaster.

You Just Gotta Full On Frank Sinatra That Shit – Writing your own damn way

I have some terrible news for you, friends. Sit down. Get a cup of tea. This one may hurt. Now, there's about fifty million billion books and blog posts all across the land about How To Finish The Damn Book. And a lot of them will tell you the same shit: you need to write … Continue reading You Just Gotta Full On Frank Sinatra That Shit – Writing your own damn way