Writerly Sound Bites, Number 1: On Characters, Flaws, and What Really Makes a Flawed Hero Heroic

Something I have discovered over the years is that advice from those in the field of storytelling – or from those who teach creative writing – tends to fall into two categories. The first consists of long descriptions which can almost be considered stories in themselves. Reading through these dissertations and parsing them out can … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 1: On Characters, Flaws, and What Really Makes a Flawed Hero Heroic

Reposted: Why Everyone Should Write (Even if You Think You Stink)

Check out this great post by K.M. Weiland, readers! Why Everyone Should Write (Even if You Think You Stink) We often hear it said that “everyone wants to write a book.” Although we may find a certain amount of comforting inclusiveness in this idea, I think we also sometimes respond to it with at least … Continue reading Reposted: Why Everyone Should Write (Even if You Think You Stink)

Reposted: 3 Lessons from Writing A Female Protagonist

Take a look at this excellent piece by author Kai Wai Cheah, readers: 3 Lessons from Writing A Female Protagonist Babylon Red was my first attempt at writing a novel-length work anchored by a female protagonist. Unlike other modern fiction, I sought to write a female character, not a man with breasts. She had to think, talk, act … Continue reading Reposted: 3 Lessons from Writing A Female Protagonist

Reposted: Ingredients of Action Horror

Check out this fantastic piece by author Kai Wai Cheah, readers! Ingredients of Action Horror Action horror. A fiction contradiction if there ever was one. Action stories are about agency: the character’s ability to act on the environment, to overcome all odds, to destroy all foes in his path. Horror relies heavily on a lack of agency: … Continue reading Reposted: Ingredients of Action Horror

Reposted: 6 Tips for Writing Grief Realistically

Take a look at this fascinating piece, readers: 6 Tips for Writing Grief Realistically By Rachel Evans   “The hero sobbed piteously over the corpse of her mentor, swearing to avenge him. After an hour of weeping, she wiped her eyes and returned to saving the world, setting her sadness aside until needed again at … Continue reading Reposted: 6 Tips for Writing Grief Realistically