“This is your life / this is your world / beginning to end”

Dear Protagonist Whose Character Arc Is Shifting in Subtle and Not-So-Subtle Ways,

You may have noticed the stakes have risen a bit since the last draft.


(listens to crickets)

(nice crickets)

So, has it occurred to you this might mean you need a better plan for meeting them?



Dear Ordinary and Very Human Tertiary Characters,

I’m sorry. But I’m going to have to stop referring to you as “the javelinas.”

Because you’re not anymore.

No, truly. You’re not.

Also, your plan? Not any better than Protagonist’s, really.


Janni Lee Simner

About Janni Lee Simner

Author of the post-apocalyptic Bones of Faerie trilogy (Bones of Faerie, Faerie Winter, and Faerie After) and the Icelandic saga-based fantasy Thief Eyes, as well as four other novels and more than 30 short stories. Check out Finding Your Sense of Place, my ebook on emotion, description, and the craft of writing. You can find out more about me here or join my email list for ongoing updates here.
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