Love Triangles vs Star-Crossed Lovers

by Michael Kinch on April 4, 2012

In a recent dystopia discussion on Twitter, people brought up the love triangle in The Hunger Games involving Katniss and her two guys. Some liked the triangle concept, others, um, not so much. In my own dystopias (THE BLENDING TIME; THE FIRES OF NEW SUN; and the forthcoming THE REBELS OF NEW SUN) I prefer [...]


Writing a Novel: beginnings, middles, endings.

by Michael Kinch on November 1, 2011

I’ve heard writers say that the easiest parts of their books are the beginnings and endings. They know where they want to start, and they can see a clear ending. The middle, for many, is the hard part. It’s not too hard to create a dynamite beginning and ending (drama, flash, romance, mayhem, whatever) but [...]


Cowgirls, Critters, & Cusses– great writing material

by Michael Kinch on October 5, 2011

Just got back from a camping and ranch vacation in Wyoming and had a blast. Did a ranch photoshoot and had to get up at 5:00 each morning to catch the sunrise on pounding herds of horses and wranglers–cowboys and cowgirls. Dramatic stuff. Did the same a sunset to catch that ‘golden light.’ In the [...]