The Growing Chasm of Time

Life is filled with small revelations.  I say small, because the truly grand, life changing ones are almost never experienced or digested in a single afternoon. The truly big revelations are always composed of several smaller ones.  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about time. I’ve always liked the metaphor of time as a river. […]

The Fallacy of Perfection

There are a couple hard truths about writing, and I suppose with the creative arts in general.  Depending on how you define it, Perfection is either unattainable or it does not exist. Sure, there are certain types of perfection, like a perfect circle… but that’s about it. Even then, when you start examining that perfect […]

So You Want to Write a Story (Part 4)

Now we’re on to the larger scales of writing: Scenes.  So, hopefully by now you’ve read through the earlier parts on Character, Conflict, and Motivation-Reaction Units, and you’ve taken the time to practice writing some short stories.  Yep, don’t forget that second part. Want to be a writer? Want to write a story? You need […]

Monthly Obscure Trope Series Double Feature — He Who Fights Monsters & The Moral Event Horizon

Today’s tropes are brought to you by the heroes that are so brutal and questionable that they’re almost villains.  Let’s preface this with a quick distinction between heroes and villains, and protagonists and antagonists.  Every story has a protagonist and an antagonist, but not every story has a hero and a villain.  What does that […]

Writing needs to be Fun

This is a companion post to Writing is a War of Attrition, but it’s also a cornerstone post for ALL fiction writers. Non-fiction writers, you guys are in a slightly different boat.  Writing needs to be fun.  Not should be fun or can be fun. Not writing is fun sometimes.  Writing needs to be fun.  […]