Representation is key to good writing. This is true whether you're a novelist or a playwright; whether you work in television or in game development. All narrative has the power to impact culture.
By BH Shepherd
What the characters of "Westworld," some of them writers, can teach us about writers.
10 Neo-Noir Films to Influence Your Fiction
By Holly Kothe
There are approximately a zillion questions to consider when it comes to the craft of sex in fiction. One of the most important being: Does your intended audience expect, crave, or even allow sex?
We dig deep into Stephen Falk's complicated FXX series.
Films are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. And you never know why the hell some flavors are so beloved either...
Here are a few more prompts to get the mind juices going as you sit down and get to know your characters:
Not only is "Stranger Things" great television, it's also a required lesson in quality characterization.
By Leah Rhyne
Does your bad guy know he's bad? Does she want to hurt people? Or is your bad guy one who thinks, "Hmm...I'm the good guy here."? Which is more compelling? An exploration of antagonists.
It's a miracle!
How to write about love in your fiction.
By Peter Derk
In: Character, documentary, Legal, Making A Murderer, Netflix, Plot, Steve Avery, Structure, Television, True Crime
'Making A Murderer' was a fascinating story, but good storytelling made it truly excellent.
One of your favorite literary characters takes on life's big questions.
By Leah Rhyne
In: A Song of Ice and Fire, Character, Comics, game of thrones, Jessica Jones, Literary Devices, Marvel, Rape, Theme
Trigger warning: We are going to talk about rape, and our reactions to the loss of innocence vs. the thirst for revenge.
By Cath Murphy
The Star Wars prequels almost killed the Star Wars franchise and it wasn't just because of Hayden Christensen's acting. The toxic element was an overdose of backstory.
This FX TV series may not always concern itself with plot, but it always loves its characters. But how much is too much?
If you want any chance of writing believable characters and stories worth reading, then being able to empathize with all of your characters must be your top priority.
Tips and tricks for writing powerful flash fiction.
Among the lessons you will learn: Karma's a bitch, don't piss off serial killers, and never under any circumstances enter a basement.
By Cath Murphy
'Mr. Robot' has transformed its parent network USA from sad loser to crowing superstar. How? With superb writing. Here's what we can learn from its success.
These books could easily jump off the page and onto your screens.
Rape is a sensitive topic that deserve a complex portrayal, but major trends in media and fiction fail to reach that complexity—and often cause a lot of damage.
If you've realized that you accidentally wrote a Mary Sue, this article will help you change that overpowered lead into a relatable character.
Are your character arcs falling flat? This article teaches you five strategies for improving them.
There once was a show about a girl named Piper, but no more. And that might be the best thing going for Netflix's hit series.