Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Guns And Bullet Ballistics

Everything you need to know about firearms, the physics of bullets, and SCIENCE!
Troy Farah

Dystropia: No More Mr. Vice Guy!

In this month's Dystropia, we look at Mr. Vice Guy, a character with obvious flaws, addictions and weaknesses. Mr. Vice guy is more dimensional, sure, but as you'll learn, it's not always that easy.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Amnesia

Everything you need to know about memory loss, amnesia, and SCIENCE!
Troy Farah

Dystropia: How The Damsel in Distress Has Evolved

From ancient Greek myths to Snow White to today, Dystropia looks at the trope of the Damsel in Distress.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Multiple Personalities

What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: The Speed Of Light

What you need to know about the speed of light, faster-than-light travel, and SCIENCE.
Troy Farah

Dystropia: All Hail The Magnificent Bastard

In this episode of Dystropia, we look at the Magnificent Bastard, who is cunning, charming and crafty. What makes him tick and why are we all of a sudden so attracted to him?
Troy Farah

Dystropia: Examining the Trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

A column in which we explore the various misgivings and strengths of girls that are Manic, Pixie and Dreamy.
Rob Hart

Top 10 Storytelling Cliches Writers Need To Stop Using

There are certain storytelling clichés writers go back to again and again. And they shouldn't. Because they are terrible, and they need to be destroyed.
Karina Wilson

Screenwriting: Insert Woman Here - Sidestepping the Sausage Fest

Where are all the female characters in your screenplay? Why should you care about adding some? Where can you put them?
Karina Wilson

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.
Jon Gingerich

Cliche, the Literary Default

Stories start from a default position of cliché: readers go into stories with expectations, and if too many are fulfilled the spell is broken. So, how do writers engage when the odds are against them?
Chuck Palahniuk

Learning from Clichés… then Leaving them Behind

In: Cliche
To achieve excellence, a writer must learn to identify and eliminate clichés. Chuck demonstrates the use of placeholders where more inventive language is needed, while counter-intuitively recommending style mimicry as a positive stage of learning.