Like going on a date, character exercises are part of the process of getting to know another person better (in this case, an imaginary person).
9 of the greatest cats in literature!
Great characters aren't just words: they're living, breathing people, as real as you or me. But where do they come from? How does one birth a character with depth and soul?
In: American Psycho, Character, Death, Jack Ketchum, John Steinbeck, Narrator, Plot, Storyville, Theme
Death in fiction — who, what, when, where and why.
Revered Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement, but not before years of contribution to the art of storytelling.
Some helpful tips for working your life into your fiction.
We can learn some valuable lessons about plotting, characters, and expectations from watching (or reading) 'Game of Thrones.'
In: Character, Craft, Dialogue, Jeff VanderMeer, Plot, Stephen King, Storyville, Structure, Theme, Voice
Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.
"Object love" is a painfully common writing disease that leads us to write two-dimensional women who are more object than person. This article explores how you can overcome the sickness.
From basic games to complex script analysis, actors have a thing or two to teach writers.
In: Character, Joyce Carol Oates, Literary Devices, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
There’s a fine line that authors tread when writing from a child's perspective. A balance must be found between a voice that is unrealistically adult, and one that is too naive to be engaging.
How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?
You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Six tips on creating a sense of a character's voice and dialect without resorting to painful phonetic representations.
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
In: Analysis, Character, Dissection, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.
Looking to develop a character? Here are eight ways you can create a fleshier concept for who your character is and what drives them.
In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.
What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?
What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.