Writing Techniques

Heaps of Horror: List of Horror Subgenres

  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 an adrenaline… Continue reading Heaps of Horror: List of Horror Subgenres

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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… Continue reading Literary String Theory Part 3: Empathy Trumps Entropy

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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

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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

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Flavors of Fantasy: List of Fantasy Subgenres

Fantasy is about making the impossible possible, and even commonplace, in a world that doesn't live by our rules. It is the ultimate escapism genre. But fantasy is a large genre. If you're writing or planning to write a fantasy novel, and you plan to submit to publishers, they're going to want to know where… Continue reading Flavors of Fantasy: List of Fantasy Subgenres

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

The Rebel Writer Series, Writing Techniques

Tell, Don’t Show: Properly Implementing Exposition

Over and over again, new writers are told, "Show, don't tell." It's great advice because all too often, new writers clog up the action of their story with summaries of places, events, and character relationships rather than properly immersing readers in the moment. I was given this advice as a fledgling writer, and I've written… Continue reading Tell, Don’t Show: Properly Implementing Exposition