Will Ramirez

Refresh

Refresh

Not much writing going on at present. I’ve had the wonderful privilege of attending our yearly pastor’s conference out in sunny California. This is one my favorite times as it’s a great opportunity for me to get away with Jesus and spend time with friends I don’t see but once every year or two. I […]

Re-Read

Re-Read

Life’s been busy lately. Super busy. Yet I always try to make time to read something. Currently I’m doing a re-read of Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. Again? It just came out in March! Yep….it’s that good. But it got me thinking. How often do people re-read stories? For example, I only re-read stories […]

Character Spotlight: Aetherial

Character Spotlight: Aetherial

Albione’s nose dripped. He wiped it clean and sniffed. “My heart tricked me Aeth, and I’m gonna die because I was too proud to admit it.” He thumped his head against the wall. “I wish I had more time to sort through these things now that I can see clearly. I don’t want to die […]

Create Your Own Muse

Create Your Own Muse

The hardest part about writing is uh….writing. Most writers have reels of stories in their head. When that story begins to coalesce in my mind, I get excited, almost giddy, to write it down. However, my fingers tend to lag behind my mind. Writing takes time. And if I get bogged down in the details […]

Sympathetic Characters

Sympathetic Characters

A common trick to make readers sympathize with a character is to have them “pet the dog”. They do something tender or sacrificial that tugs on the reader’s heartstrings. This humanizes a character with distasteful faults. I remember reading a friend’s story where one of the character’s who’s on the “evil” side of things treats […]

Three Things

Three Things

I know I mentioned that story trumps everything last week, but as I’ve recently finished reading another fantasy novel, it got me thinking about something I heard on a podcast. The premise of the cast was that a character’s popularity depends on three things. You can listen to it here if you like. What are the […]

Storytelling

Storytelling

I’m not into literary fiction. In fact, I must confess my own prose isn’t amazing. But something I’ve noticed is that a lot of popular writers don’t have lyrical prose either. I’m currently reading A Cast of Stones by Patrick Carr (about half-way through), and I wouldn’t describe his writing style as a fantastic new […]

Limbo

Limbo

I remember thinking that everything would be awesome after I signed a book contract. Self-doubt would fade. Writer’s block would vanish. No more contests or trying to get noticed. Right? Au Contraire. I almost long for a good contest to enter now. But I can’t. I’m in limbo. I’m not published yet, but I’m contracted […]