Writing Trauma so Your Characters Lead Your Story

Have you ever sat back after writing and realized you don’t remember the hours passing? The characters had been leading themselves and may have changed where the plot was going. You might have to rewrite the ending but—oh this is going to be so much better now. I crave that feeling. By having a fully…

Choose Your Hero- advice on writing and living a great story

I’ve always wished that life had a character creator. The idea of clicking a button and not only looking like but fundamentally being a new character has always excited me. I used to seek out games that had highly customizable hero, but in the end, the ones I’ve enjoyed playing the most are where the…

How to Write Someone’s New Favorite Character

How do you create a character some is obsessed with? You see it in movies, tv, and anime all the time. If you’ve ever been to a anime/comic con then you’ll know how obsessed people can get over characters they are passionate about. So what is that one thing that lovable characters have in common?…

What Makes Anime Characters so Popular?

I am constantly struck by how Anime stands apart from other popular media presented to teens. It’s often not only something you need to be in the mood for, but also something that can bring people with no other common interests together in ways that books never seem to do. At conventions, thousands of people…

How DnD Changed the Way I Write.

Call me a nerd, but I’ve heard several authors say that playing DnD helps them write better. It really helps to fully get into character and see exactly what your motivations are even when the task at hand doesn’t involve the overall plot. Roleplaying shows you all the different facets of a person and how…

Your Characters Aren’t in Enough Danger

In the age of video games where it only takes a click of a button for your favorite character to respawn, it’s easy for new writers to fall short when trying to create rising action. Lucky for us, there is one very simple thing to keep in mind to make sure your action actually rises…

What Makes a Powerful Antagonist?

There has been an influx of underdeveloped antagonists in our current society. Between TV, movies, books, and (the main culprit) video games, villain characters have become inhuman and unrealistic. The reason behind this shift is the overwhelming increase in violence and a need to justify it. If the enemy is faceless, nameless and has a…

The One Thing All Writers Forget About When Creating Characters and Plots

What’s the difference between a page turner and a book you never finish? Well aside from the way it’s written and what the book is about, there’s one major difference you’ve probably never noticed. Does the character interact with the plot or do they shape it? I’m willing to argue that this one wording difference…

How to Write Transgender Characters (4 questions to ask yourself)

Writing transgender characters is the same as writing normal characters just with a few extra thinking points. 1. How far along in the transition is this person? You might think that having your character come out to their parents, get kicked out of the house and then pass enough to be taken in by someone…