Character Meet Plot. Plot Meet Character.

You’ve probably heard that popular fiction is plot driven while literary fiction is character driven (driven being the key word because if a narrative isn’t advancing then what story are you even telling?).   This is true. There is sit on the edge of your seat plot driven fiction, and there is sink back into … Continue reading Character Meet Plot. Plot Meet Character.

Writing Prompt: Dear Diary

Write a diary entry on behalf of one of your characters. Is it an ordinary day? A momentous occasion? Explore a glimpse of their thoughts and personality through the pages of their diary. When did you start to realize that you liked to write? What was the first thing you remember writing? Write about your … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Dear Diary

Horror & Mythology

Folklore is a fascinating subject, twisting itself to fit the cultural mold of the time it’s in. From comics to holidays, folklore has served as the origin of our greatest stories. As each culture adds to the original legend, the myths become more robust with each passing century. Vampires, for example, have evolved many times … Continue reading Horror & Mythology

Your Character’s Journey – Home from the Dentist

Earlier this year, I had a moment of writing illumination as I read a science fiction novel. A character in this novel had taken a trip and was about to return by hovercar to the human settlement on his planet. As a reader, I was subconsciously prepared for a description of the journey back. I … Continue reading Your Character’s Journey – Home from the Dentist

See Like Your Heroes

"You don’t want to look like your heroes - you want to see like your heroes." -Austin Kleon Read. Extensively. Broadly. Deeply. That’s the first piece of advice given to writers. It’s tied with that other great piece of writing advice: write. But why do writers need to read? Usually this advice is dispensed in … Continue reading See Like Your Heroes

Ready to Rest

We're more than a third of the way through our 100 days of writing and closing in on the 50 day milestone. Already we've heard from guest writers; we've shared ups and downs. There are many more to come, I assure you. In the coming weeks there are yet more writers stopping by for a … Continue reading Ready to Rest