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Showing posts 1 to 10 labeled Writing in General (74 total)

Writing the Universal Human Exprience (August 14, 2021)

Writers tend to assume their own personal human experience is the universal one. More »

Constraints on Innovation in Fiction: Reflections on The Lady's Maid's Bell and The Haunting of Hill House (May 2, 2021)

Because expectations for horror have been so thoroughly solidified by Stephen King and slasher flicks, the unfortunate truth is neither of these classic and innovative stories could be published today. More »

Writing Delightful Twists (April 5, 2021)

A good twist is like a delightful magic trick. More »

How to Write Nontoxic Conflict in Romance (December 23, 2020)

Common conflicts might not seem melodramatic enough for a romance. They're not shocking like rape scenes. They're not soul-crushing like outrageous misunderstandings, sudden betrayals, or secrets with tragic consequences. But you don't need Big Trauma for Big Drama. More »

Why Authors Should Write Characters from Different Cultures (August 12, 2020)

It's frustrating to see Twitter meekly accept that shelf space for non-white or LGBTQ+ books is limited and fight over who deserves to fill it. More »

Books Are Not Movies (May 21, 2020)

Many authors tend to write as if they're describing a movie or TV show in text. But what would make for an interesting viewing experience makes for a very dull reading experience. More »

Fiction is Not Reality (April 6, 2020)

"Realism" seems to be the favored excuse for bad morals and plain old bad writing. Whenever writers face criticism for writing unethical lessons, racist/sexist stereotypes, or language that needlessly upsets readers, the common response is, "But those things are realistic." More »

Writing Experiences Other Than Your Own (January 1, 2020)

We should all write about people from other cultures. How lame it would be if every fictional world were populated by characters from only one background. But we have a responsibility to write respectfully and well, in a way that makes the real world better. More »

How to Show Culture Subtly (July 14, 2019)

This month I've been spending more time on Twitter, and through it I've found out how weak I am to peer influence. I've bought lipsticks because pretty women posted selfies wearing them. I've sought out movies because people referenced them in memes and animated GIFs. More »

"Complex" Does Not Equal "Unlikeable" (April 21, 2019)

I'm tired of the same old gorgeous, angelic virgins with mile-long legs and no flaws other than "adorkable" clumsiness and low self-esteem. More »