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Choices Make the Man: An interpretation of Ari Aster’s “Hereditary”

Photo by Jake Blucker on Unsplash Ari Aster’s Hereditary is easily the best horror movie I’ve seen since Get Out, and it’s currently at the top of my favorites list. It’s an examination of mental illness, frayed family dynamics, grief, and the horrifying side of genetics. There’s a ton to unpack in this film. So much that it almost feels like… Continue reading Choices Make the Man: An interpretation of Ari Aster’s “Hereditary”

The Rebel Writer Series, Writing Techniques

How To Head Jump: Properly Implementing Multiple Characters’ Thoughts in Stories

“Don’t head jump” is a command that gets thrown around a lot of Creative Writing 101 classes. It essentially means, don’t allow your reader to view the thoughts and feelings of more than one character in your story, at least not in the same chapter. When characters are talking to each other, you don’t want… Continue reading How To Head Jump: Properly Implementing Multiple Characters’ Thoughts in Stories

Writing Techniques

Literary String Theory Part 1: Multidimensional Characters

Do you fall in love with characters first, or the plot? Characterization has always been my favorite part of reading and writing. A great plot is dulled if I don’t care about the characters undergoing the plot’s hardships. But what makes a phenomenal character like Hermione Granger or Atticus Finch? What does a writer pour… Continue reading Literary String Theory Part 1: Multidimensional Characters

Writing Techniques

Literary String Theory Part 2: Characters Collide

If there is not conflict in your novel, you don’t have a plot. You have nothing for the characters to solve and nothing for the reader to look forward to or dread. Similarly, if your character has no internal conflict, he or she cannot change and thus will have a weak character arc. Now, not… Continue reading Literary String Theory Part 2: Characters Collide

Writing Techniques

Literary String Theory Part 3: Empathy Trumps Entropy

Ensuring that your readers understand the actions and feelings of your characters is the only way to endear them to readers’ hearts for the long haul. Empathy for characters also keeps readers more invested in the plot. It’s pretty easy to have readers empathize with your protagonist(s), especially if you’re working in third person limited.… Continue reading Literary String Theory Part 3: Empathy Trumps Entropy

Writing Techniques

Heaps of Horror: List of Horror Subgenres

Photo by Sašo Tušar on Unsplash Good horror is about more than making your reader afraid to walk through their house in the dark (though that’s fun, too). It’s about addressing the unknown, examining your worst fears, and grappling with the concept of death, all in the hopes of finding new perspective … and detoxing your system with… Continue reading Heaps of Horror: List of Horror Subgenres

Book Analysis

My Top 10 Stephen King Novels

Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash Looking to get your horror fix this October? In honor of Halloween, I’m breaking down my favorite works from the king of horror himself, Stephen King. There is no author who has influenced my writing style and reading tastes more, and ranking my favorites is no easy task. There’s something here for… Continue reading My Top 10 Stephen King Novels

The Rebel Writer Series, Writing Techniques

Shout It Out: How to Properly Open with Dialogue

Photo by Hey Beauti Magazine on Unsplash In college, I started getting notes on my short stories that said, “Don’t open a scene with dialogue.” Of all the rules I gathered over my writing education, this one always made the least sense to me. Probably because I never really got a solid answer on “Why not?” That’s partially… Continue reading Shout It Out: How to Properly Open with Dialogue