In order to truly hate, you must love first, so write your characters with this complex relationship in mind.
In: 19th century literature, Character, Classics, English literature, Far From the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy
Is “Jude the Obscure” really anyone’s favorite book? What does “The Mayor of Casterbridge” say to the 21st century reader?
By Jay Wilburn
While there are some writing conventions that are generally agreed upon, the subtle things that make a story good may be more intangible than we like to think.
Why is so much evil in fiction so boring? How can you give those evil-doers a little life?
Tips on how to build up your horror story before you tear it all down.
There’s a lot that goes into naming a character. I’ve narrowed it down to the top five factors you should consider.
Ghosts I ain't afraid of, ghosts I AM afraid of, evaluating the handsomeness of Stephen King, ludonarrative dissonance, and everything else Alan Wake.
By Gabriel Hart
Those who prescribe to a set system might be condemned to repeat mediocrity.
Video games are often looked down on. However, writers and lit enthusiasts can crack open new worlds of stories by appreciating the medium and its unique offerings.
What gives you the right to tell someone else's story?
By Cina Pelayo
The more that you know about your characters, the more confidently you can write about them.
By Jay Wilburn
After ghostwriting many romance novels, Jay Wilburn learned some lessons that helped with writing stories in other genres.
Is science an overused tool in writing? What do you stand to gain by adding faith to your fiction?
The international best-selling author and MasterClass teacher discusses the basis of all fiction.
By Joshua Isard
We all know the cliche, "show don't tell," but it's still a common issue with young writers. That's where trust comes in.
Examples of how to use universal truths in your fiction.
The Weeping Monk is by far one of the most compelling characters in Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller's 'Cursed', and is a prime example of how to craft a redemption arc.
By BH Shepherd
A brief explanation of why it is inappropriate for police officers to incorporate the Punisher's symbol into their uniforms.
Sometimes the most pivotal characters need to be conjured and coddled into the story, under the shadow of misstarts and dead-end plotlines.
Violence is fun. But finding other ways to resolve conflict can improve your writing, and turn an average story into one with depth and intrigue.
Some tips for turning your obsessions—good and bad—into powerful stories.
By Joshua Isard
The word existential may have, in some contexts, devolved into an epithet for things that seem deep or important, but that’s not really what it means.
By C.S. Humble
For author C.S. Humble, one of the most reliable narrative materials to build a story with is family.
Will this article finally bring Sports Twitter and Writer Twitter together? Will the Dolphins draft Tua? Can writers really learn writing tips from watching the NFL Draft?