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. … Continue reading To Infodump or not to Infodump

On Writing Villains Who Don’t Suck Ass

Sometimes the villain of a story is a force of nature, a la Jack London's famous story, To Build a Fire. Hypothermia makes for an excellent baddie, even lacking motive or a personality. However, if your story's villain is a human (or sentient being of some kind), they're gonna need both. Think of history's most … Continue reading On Writing Villains Who Don’t Suck Ass