Amber’s Blog

Let’s Do the Twist

So you’ve come up with a clever twist that you think no one will ever see coming.  And you send it to your beta readers, waiting to hear back that the shock and surprise of the twist had them in awe.  Maybe that’s exactly what happens.  Or . . . maybe they tell you the […]


Fake Chocolate Blog Tour

The Fake Chocolate blog tour is underway! I will update this post with links as everything goes live. 3/20 — Civilian Reader, Guest Blog Post — Worldbuilding Interconnectivity 4/13 — Amber’s Blog, Book Launch Eve Post 4/14 — Paul Semel’s Blog, Interview​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 4/16 — North Texas Nerd, Interview 4/16 — Dan Koboldt […]


Avoiding Emotional Redundancy

Every scene in your manuscript should have a purpose, and move the story forward.  So obviously, you don’t want to waste the reader’s attention with scenes that relay the same information.  But what about the same emotions? Repetition leads to boredom. If, like me, you tend to write long and have to trim back your […]


Guest Blog Post: Doreen Leong

Disclosure: Chococlectic approached me with a free sample box to evaluate.  I was so intrigued by their business model, that I decided to feature them on the blog.  Today I got to chat with Doreen Leong of Chococlectic, a craft chocolate subscription box company that sends curated chocolate bars.  I got to find out a […]


Sidekicks and Sounding Boards

Ever wonder why so many characters have sidekicks?  It’s not so much that the character couldn’t do whatever actions the sidekick takes in the story.  It’s that the audience needs to understand the underlying motivations behind the character’s actions, and a sidekick is an easy way to get the protag to vocalize her reasoning. One […]


Antagonists Who Aren’t Villains

Does every story need a villain? There is a big difference between a villain and an antagonist.  A villain wants to impart physical or emotional pain to your story’s protagonist.  An antagonist is simply at odds with your protag.  Which means a villain is by definition an antagonist – but only some antagonists are villains. […]