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.  […]

So You Want to Write a Story (Part 1)

What makes a story?   I propose that you can boil it all down to a couple things:  Character, setting, conflict, scenes/action.   A story is nothing more than a Character in a Setting.  Conflict arises because that Character wants something that they don’t have (yet).  Each Scene of your story has Action of some kind (be […]