Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 63: Purple Prose

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 63: Purple Prose Words, glorious words! Fellow logophiles, were we not initially drawn to writing because of our sesquipedal amours? We love words. We love big words, arcane words, chewy words, beautiful words. We love combinations of words that are bold, poetic, eloquent, and sometimes even showy. So it’s little … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 63: Purple Prose

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do Oust the weak links in your thinking and behavior patterns. Amy Morin For more than a decade in my work as a psychotherapist, I helped clients identify their existing talents, skills and support systems. Then we’d figure out how to address their struggles by expanding on their existing … More 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 5: How to Write Subtext in Dialogue

How to Write Subtext in Dialogue Part 5 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Good dialogue comes down to five factors: 1. Advances the plot. 2. Accurately represents characters. 3. Mimics realism. 4. Entertains. 5. Offers subtext. These are also pretty much the “levels” in which we master dialogue. When we start out learning to write, our … More The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 5: How to Write Subtext in Dialogue

The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel part 4 How to Transform Your Story With a Moment of Truth

How to Transform Your Story With a Moment of Truth Part 4 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel “How can I fix the saggy middle of my story?” I love it when writers ask me that. Why? Because the answer is so incredibly juicy–and it all revolves around the Moment of Truth … More The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel part 4 How to Transform Your Story With a Moment of Truth

The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 3 Use Minor Characters to Flesh Out Your Protagonist

Use Minor Characters to Flesh Out Your Protagonist Part 3 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Stop thinking of your minor characters as characters. If that flies in the face of everything you’ve ever heard about your story’s supporting cast, then just hang with me for a minute as I first … More The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel Part 3 Use Minor Characters to Flesh Out Your Protagonist

First Drafts: 5 Things That are OK and 1 That’s Not

First Drafts: 5 Things That are OK and 1 That’s Not First drafts are interesting creatures, aren’t they? They often start out in a blaze of glory and excitement, but at some point we start to wonder… is this awful? If things get really bad, we might even decide that it is the absolute worst … More First Drafts: 5 Things That are OK and 1 That’s Not

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 8: The First Plot Point

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 8: The First Plot Point If the First Act is setup, then the First Plot Point is the point of no return in character arcs. The setup ends, and the story begins “for realz.” At this point the character commits—usually because he has no choice—to a decision that will propel … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 8: The First Plot Point

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act The First Act is one of my favorite parts of any story. Why? On the surface, the First Act seems to be the slowest part of the story—and it often is. It’s just setup, after all, right? True enough, except for that one little word just. … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Normal World

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Normal World By K.M.Weiland Who wants to read about a boring old NormalWorld? The Lost World? Sure! The Exciting, Unusual, Exotic, and Absolutely Thrilling World? You betcha. But the Normal World? Isn’t that a pretty lame way to begin a story? Nope. Not if you want your character’s change … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Normal World

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment By K.M Weiland First impressions do count. And your protagonist’s Characteristic Moment is his first chance to impress your readers. Now that we’ve got the basic theory of character arc out of the way and figured out how to set up your protagonist’s inner conflict, via … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment