The Drowning Cell

One of the most satisfying elements of a story for readers can also be one of the most challenging for the author. The place in a story where there is no hope for the protagonist to succeed, sometimes referred to as a “hero stuck up a tree” or as I prefer to call it – the hero caught in the Drowning Cell – can really stump me.

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The Power of Secrets

A secret is a powerful thing. The holder has power over the subject for the duration of the secret’s existence. The subject, or subjects, of a secret are diminished. The power of a secret can be crushing, particularly if the holder and the subject are one. Continue reading “The Power of Secrets”