New Podcast Up: Hidden Characters In Alexandria

New Podcast Up: Hidden Characters In Alexandria


In this episode we discuss an interesting point of characterization we like to call “hidden characterization”. This is a kind of dramatic irony where the character’s actions do not match up with their external motivation for doing the action. It has been used infrequently in fiction and in television as in novels such as “The … Continue reading

3 Writing Lessons From Marvel’s “Daredevil”

3 Writing Lessons From Marvel’s “Daredevil”


If you haven’t binge watched the living daylights out of Marvel’s “Daredevil” over on Netflix, then this post may get a little spoilery.  I will begin with this warning, because I’m going to discuss a few aspects of the series that could spoil it for those who haven’t watched the series yet. For that I … Continue reading

4 Reasons Why Facebook Is Not Useful for Authors

4 Reasons Why Facebook Is Not Useful for Authors


Let’s face it. Authors, especially independent authors, need to promote themselves. However, there are ways to promote and ways not to promote.  Social media is a way to promote yourself as a writer, but it can also be a double-edged sword.  Of course, Delilah S. Dawson wrote a fantastic article about the misuse of social … Continue reading

Tired Metaphors: A Cry for Originality

Tired Metaphors: A Cry for Originality


George Orwell, on the heels of publishing Animal Farm and various autobiographical essays, published “Politics and the English Language“.  The essay is still being used in writing courses everywhere as a loud voice railing against predictable and unimaginative writing. In the essay, Orwell makes several remarks of note but his thesis is clear: “Now it is … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Beta-Readers and Movie Blahs


In this episode, Ryan and I discuss the importance of using beta-readers when writing a novel. We first define what beta-readers are, how a writer goes about finding them and how a writer compensates beta-readers for their valuable input into the production of your novel. We also discuss the current movie season and how it resembles a … Continue reading

Writers and Depression


Originally posted on christine:
I am a writer. Although I have not been officially published, I can call myself a writer because writing is the second thing I spend the most time doing (the first is sleeping). I’ve read countless blogs about writers and how they are more prone to depression than people of other…

3 Tips for finding the Meaning of Your Story


Originally posted on Worlds Of His Own:
Stories that fully harness the significance of their narrative are better. Why? Because people crave meaning! Our lives are not necessarily made of up an inciting events and climactic moments, but these are the very things we look for in stories. It satisfies a basic human desire for…