How does someone, with no formal education in writing, have a career in writing? The short answer is: a lot of hard work. But more practically, there are five things that have formed the basis of my writing life — and the good news is, they’re all things you can put in place right now. […]
Pixar is arguably one of the greatest storytellers of our generation. Over the years, they’ve won 13 Academy Awards, 9 Golden Globes, and 11 Grammys. Effective storytelling involves a deep understanding of human emotions, motivations, and psychology in order to truly move an audience. Luckily, storytelling is something we all do naturally, starting at a very young […]
In fairy tales, the villain is easy to spot. Usually, the bad guy has sharp teeth and wants to eat grandma. But in other stories, the villain isn’t as obvious and you’re not sure whether to love or hate him. Either way, you want to write memorable and believable villains that readers love to hate. […]
Both sociopaths and psychopaths are defined in the DSM-5 (the official book used to define/treat mental health) as being antisocial personality disorders. However, sociopaths and psychopaths still have their differences. Where psychopaths are cool and calculating, sociopaths are impulsive and unreliable. You could make your character’s friend a sociopath, a relative, or even the protagonist themselves. Sociopaths […]
You can thrill your audience, change the course of the plot, and reveal new depths to your characters . . . or you can bore your viewers to tears, and make them wish that the battle would pleasejust end already. Writing a great fight scene can be a challenge, because you can’t rely on music, visuals […]
As a writer, we often find ourselves looking to others to see what works and what doesn’t when it comes to the tips and the tricks of the trade. Here are 5 blogs I think YOU should take a look at.