Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.
Your favorite place to read is probably terrible.
Better Call Saul's pilot, "Uno," focuses on building characters in surprising and patient ways, emphasizing the creation of curiosity over providing the audience with exposition.
Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
By Peter Derk
Where have all the villains gone?
A craft-based look at the pilot episode of FX's 'Taboo.'
Prepare to wet your pants.
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 Slater
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.