Writing Dialogue

English grammar is hard. It is exceedingly rare for a person to have a “perfect” grasp of the English language, especially when there are so many exceptions and so much encouragement to bend its already pliable rules. Even native speakers often struggle with writing. This post would be immense if I tried to cover all [...]

How I Make Characters

I come up with characters quickly. By the time I’ve imagined them, I usually know the main premise of their personality and what I hope to accomplish with them. But there is more I need to know about a character than looks and main personality traits. Here is how I flesh them out into people [...]

Where I Kick Ass and Where I Suck Ass in Writing

I've ventured back to Scribophile to get some of them sweet, sweet critiques. And boy, I got critiques. My first chapter of my novel went over so much better this time around (it's been rewritten) than the first eighteen trillion times I submitted it. Now that it's not just one big ocean of hatred (I [...]

Show and Tell in Writing

If you submit your creative writing for critiquing, you’ll quickly become familiar with the phrase, “Show, don’t tell.” According to the modern critiquer, “telling” is an unspeakably evil act in the realm of creative writing. You must never tell. Always show. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, showing is more interesting for [...]

To Infodump or not to Infodump

I worked on a neat little infographic for the better part of an hour, thinking I'd make this post pretty and succinct. Then I messed up the layout, got frustrated, and rolled with an entirely different blog post altogether. If you've been around the fiction-workshopping block a time or two million, you've heard of infodumping. [...]

10 Places to End a Novel Chapter

  Where and how you end a novel chapter can have a major influence on whether or not the reader feels invested enough to finish the book. If it's too long, they may feel they don't have time to read it. If it's unexciting, they may not care enough to read the next chapter. So, [...]

Flash Fiction – Mercenaries for Hire

More completely random fiction that could possibly be expanded upon if I decide to do so. Sonez Perray’s champagne colored hair fell loose from behind her ear, swinging into her view. She combed it back with her fingers, lifting her eyes from her tablet’s screen. The bar was more crowded now than when she’d arrived [...]

Figaro Up, Figaro Down

Heavy boots stamped the rain soaked sidewalk and Figaro dodged into an alley. Wet rats scattered from his path as he made his way, hands lodged deep in his jean pockets. His thumb moved back and forth across the cuts of his apartment key. That’s where he should have stayed tonight, he thought. In his [...]

8 Writing Habits of Amateurs

If I wanted to write this blog in the style of a shitty tenth grade academic essay, it might go a little something like this: The topic I am writing about is amateur writing habits. I think that you should state the purpose of your paper clearly from the beginning, or you will look unprofessional. [...]

Writing the Opposite Sex

I want to make clear my opinion before I get into the meat of this post: I almost always write about the opposite sex. (So, men.) I don’t know why. I’d just rather. So obviously, I think you should write about who-the-fuck-ever you want. You’ll run into plenty of people who think otherwise. In my [...]