Tagged with characterization

5 Tips for Creating Dialogue That Flows


I haven’t been on the blog for a while.  I received an e-mail from a reader who is having trouble with dialogue, and so I decided to crank out a little tip list for them. With NaNoWriMo coming soon, keeping these five tips in mind when writing dialogue should help any writer craft meaningful and … Continue reading

Frank Herbert’s Dune: Writing Lesson 3


I finished reading Dune by Frank Herbert, and as a first time reader of the series (Yeah.  I know.  Where’ve you been?) I was amazed by the deep philosophical nature of the book.  More than that, though, as I have been posting on this blog, old Frank Herbert has many tips to teach us about the … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Not So Fantastic Four

New Podcast Up: Not So Fantastic Four


Well, we saw it…and it wasn’t HORRIBLE…we guess. Ryan and I discuss the new Fantasic Four film and what writers can learn from it. There are many lessons in this podcast from characterization to plot development to sustaining a threatening villain. Fantastic Four had none of these and we break it down for you from … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Antman’s Shrinking Plot

New Podcast Up: Antman’s Shrinking Plot


In this reformatted episode we take a different approach to the podcast. We decided from here on out to pick a pop culture film or book or comic book and spend the podcast discussing that piece from a writer’s perspective. Today we decided to discuss the recent Marvel offering “Antman”. It led to some lively … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Con-goers and Promotions

New Podcast Up: Con-goers and Promotions


In this podcast we talk about our experience at Sooner Con 24 and break down the struggles that come with promotion of indie work. Mainly we discuss the many types of folks you might expect to visit your table and how to best move product by curbing those types of visitors who might unintentionally prevent … Continue reading

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