Without a magic source of some kind, curses and rain dances just won’t work. The power behind these spells might never appear in writing but you should know it exists.
Are you ready to cast a spell on your magical world? This post starts a series about building magic systems with an emphasis on built-in dilemmas and conflicts.
Catharsis is the expulsion, repulsion, or purification of toxins and impurities. Emotional catharsis can allow the release and possible transformation of many different negative feelings. These may be toxic emotions built up from real life or emotions instilled by the writer. In Step 1, we looked at various seeds to plant in order to produce […]
By learning the components of your own work’s GPS, you will be able to generate scenes faster, and more efficiently.
Threshold Guardians are found at points of physical, emotional, and intellectual change. They are an archetype from the Hero’s Journey but can be used in any plot structure style and by pantsters too.
No, this isn’t a joke. Flash fiction and stand-up comedy have a great deal in common. For starters, both forms are compact surprises. How do they do this? It’s all in the set-up, the delivery, and the punch. Let’s look at each in turn… The Set-Up The Set-up answers the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, […]
For those writers who want to improve (or begin to create) dynamic relationships for their characters, here are 4 points to keep in mind.
Three ways to create characters that encourage the creation of multiple characters with few or no overlapping traits.
Chess is a story as well as a game. This article shows parallels between stages of story plots and stages of chess games.
A writing prompt that uses an accidental antagonist.