“Show Don’t Tell” Is a Lie

If you, like me, have been writing since elementary school (whether it is for fun or for school assignments), you will probably have heard the cliché “Show, Don’t Tell” a lot. It is the one critique I have constantly heard, whether from teachers or from peers. It almost seems to be a decided fact, tried … Continue reading “Show Don’t Tell” Is a Lie

Scaring a Reader: Techniques to Create Terrifying Horror Stories

For over a century, authors such as Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe have been scaring people with truly bone-chilling horror fiction. If you, like me, love to both watch and read horror (whether historical or modern), you will be aware that certain tropes are used a lot in this particular genre (like the absurd … Continue reading Scaring a Reader: Techniques to Create Terrifying Horror Stories

The Dangerous Method of Passive Protagonists

There are many types of characters in fiction—villain, mentor, etc.—and each is important to any story. But none is more important than that of the protagonist.  A Protagonist, after all, is the person which the conflict and action focuses around (not to be confused with the narrator, as The Great Gatsby has proven). They are … Continue reading The Dangerous Method of Passive Protagonists

Those Surrounding a Villain: Creating Good Secondary Antagonists

I have noticed a trend recently in how-to-write blogs which focus on how to develop a believable villain/antagonist. That is, the person in a story who goes against the objective of the protagonist. The problem is that a lot of writers seem to forget one importance of building a villain. Often times, it is the … Continue reading Those Surrounding a Villain: Creating Good Secondary Antagonists

Ode to a New Writer: Taking Criticism

Every experienced writer knows that taking criticism is a big part of being a professional writer. You need to have a strong backbone in order to learn and develop. In theory, I think every writer—whether you are just beginning to write your first book or have been writing for twenty years—would agree that we always … Continue reading Ode to a New Writer: Taking Criticism

Compressed Guide to Writing Fantasy Creatures

Any fantasy author will tell you that the world is one of the most important parts to this genre. Although characters must be relatable and the plot interesting, it is often in exploring unique worlds that both readers and characters alike can be fascinated and impressed. Recently I talked about Realistic Fantasy Governments. Now, I … Continue reading Compressed Guide to Writing Fantasy Creatures

FOOOOD! A Very Compact Guide to Writing Food in Fiction

Food. It is something all of us need to survive. So it would make sense that food would also weave itself into our fictional stories. After all, characters need to eat, unless they are a strange alien breed who only needs air to survive. But a lot of writers don’t really know where to start … Continue reading FOOOOD! A Very Compact Guide to Writing Food in Fiction

Top 9 Historical Eras Nobody Writes About

The Era of Steam filled with Victorian civility and Sherlock Holmes. The Shakespearean London bursting with disease, puffy gowns, and tights. The dynasties of China filled with fanciful dragons and real court drama. Medieval Europe plagued by, well, plague, and chivalry. Ancient Egyptian pharaohs and the gods they serve. When you hear the word historical … Continue reading Top 9 Historical Eras Nobody Writes About

What’s In a Name? Choosing Character Names

So, you have your plot. Now, you need the names of your characters. But which ones do you choose? There are millions of names already out there, not even considering the weird and wacky original names you could come up with in your semi-demented brain. Where do you even start? As I have said on … Continue reading What’s In a Name? Choosing Character Names

Creating Realistic Political Systems in Fantasy Worlds

Since yesterday was the 2017 presidential inauguration (as of when I am posting this article on 1/21/17), I think this is the perfect time to talk about creating a realistic, political system in a fantasy world. I want to address different complexities of creating a political system that many writers either ignore or do not … Continue reading Creating Realistic Political Systems in Fantasy Worlds