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 […]
Last week, I finished another novel. Full disclosure: I’m not here to sell my book. It was awful, full of plot holes, and will never see the light of day. ** **except for the fact that I entered it in a contest. More on that in a minute. Even though this was not my favorite […]
We all love a good bad guy.
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?
(Disclaimer: All screenshots are taken from videos that are publicly displayed on Disney’s YouTube channel. I do not own these videos, and I am not making any money from this article.) Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the show. It’s been a long time since I first heard about this Broadway musical called Hamilton. I was […]
While I was growing up, my family watched a lot of adventure movies. Indiana Jones, National Treasure, Robin Hood, Treasure Island… If there was treasure involved, we probably watched it. However, it got to the point where I would sit on the couch and laugh at all the cliches, until my family got irritated and […]
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. […]