Recently, in trying to escape from life as a college student, I’ve become addicted to several shows I haven’t seen before, especially BBC’s Merlin. I love how Merlin’s character is portrayed, and it has inspired me to rethink some of my own characters. When is a servant character too cliche? How can you avoid some […]
Every writer needs books. Not fiction, but nonfiction books that give you resources and help you become a better writer. Since we could all use some self love right now, maybe it’s time to treat yourself and buy a new book. So break out your Amazon gift cards, and check out some of these writing […]
Backstory adds a rich, accessible feeling to your characters. It tells us about your hero’s traumatic past, the villain’s abusive spouse, or the layout of your story’s world. In other words, it’s an essential part of storytelling. But backstories can be very difficult to tell without info dumping. So how do you fix an info […]
Do I really need to follow someone else’s rules for my writing?
As a writer, sometimes the hardest part is figuring out who your characters really are.
How to Use Fan Fiction to Sharpen Your Writing Skills I would classify myself as a fangirl. But for a long time, I refused to write fanfiction. I used to think fanfiction was something only angsty teenagers wrote. I thought it was just a bunch of cheesy shipping and bad grammar. (Don’t get me wrong, […]
You can always learn a lot from others. Especially when it’s your job to judge them.
As a writer, I know how hard it can be to write both good characters and a solid plot. For many of us, it feels like we get one or the other. The plot should be more than just a bunch of events. But for many writers and storytellers, plot is where they fall flat. […]
It’s a good general rule of thumb: Don’t kill your parents. Especially in real life. (Love you, mom!) However, in the world of fiction, both in novels and in movies, the writers seem to kill off the parents with reckless abandon. Let’s see how many orphaned characters I can name off the top of my […]
As a young writer, I envied people who could write short stories. I followed all the formulas, filled out all the character sheets, and watched another writer win the contest. So I told myself that I couldn’t write short stories, that novel-length works were more my style. Boy, was I wrong. The short story is […]