3 Ways Doctor Who Can Help You Become a Fantastic Writer

3 Ways Doctor Who Can Help You Become a Fantastic Writer

BBC’s Doctor Who began broadcasting over fifty years ago, and after a few years off the air, it has been rebooted to a new generation and is more popular than ever. Personally, I love the show. And as a writer I am always impressed with the writing–well developed stories and excellent characters. I know a lot of […]

The Secret to Writing a Protagonist Who's Both Unique and Universal

The Secret to Writing a Protagonist Who’s Both Unique and Universal

All creative writers must strike that terrible balance between the needs of the characters and the needs of the plot. It’s a wretched ping-pong game sometimes, and we can feel as if one will win over the other. But deep down we know it shouldn’t be that way. The elements of character and plot are not in […]

3 Reasons You Should Consider Writing a Novella Right Now

3 Reasons You Should Consider Writing a Novella Right Now

When I first took to creative writing, all I ever heard about writing a novella was how I shouldn’t. Houses won’t publish them. Agents don’t represent them. All of this caused me to think it was because readers won’t read them. I know the first two are correct. The third point? Not so much. Publishers […]

Why Your Characters Should Be “Gray”

The iconic imprint of good and evil lodges deep in all our minds. The Wild West shootout between a blond, clean-shaven sheriff in a white hat and a scruffy sidewinder in a black hat. A caped superhero foiling the world domination plans of some maniacal villain. A handsome and patriotic spy who overcomes the foreign foe. It’s not like that […]

Use Adverbs to Create Music for Your Readers’ Ears

The problem with modifiers in general, and adverbs in particular, is they are notorious tellers and a hindrance to good showing. Instead of telling us, “He stormed out of the room angrily,” show us by his actions how an angry man storms out of the room. Show us his clenched fists with white knuckles. Let us hear the boom of […]

Use Character Quirks to Grab Readers’ Attention

Try to imagine Harry Potter without his scar, or Captain Ahab without his pegleg. Hard to picture, isn’t it? But now try to envision a story with a boy who has a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead for no reason, or a man missing his leg with no explanation. I remember my first Creative Writing class in college. The […]