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This week on Weekly Roundup… Can a backstory be too tragic? What makes a character feel human? And when is it appropriate to write “out of character”? For answers to these and other questions, check out this week’s videos! 00:08 Can a backstory be too tragic? 02:00 Plotting 3 POV stories 02:47 When should characters … Continue reading Tragic Backstories & Writing “Out of Character” | Weekly Roundup
This week on Weekly Roundup… Write morally ambiguous characters, embrace your inspirations, and fix boring plotlines with advice from this week’s videos! 00:07 Writing morally ambiguous characters 01:41 Driving the plot forward 02:52 Jumping ahead in time 03:23 Don’t fear your inspirations 05:19 Short or long descriptions in dialogue? 06:34 How to fix a boring … Continue reading Writing Morally Ambiguous Characters | Weekly Roundup
This week on Weekly Roundup… Ever want to turn an enemy into an ally? Or have you ever wanted to reveal your main character is going to die? Check out this week’s video for some advice! 00:12 Spoiling a character death 01:49 Enemies turned allies 02:30 Good characterization 03:27 Character vs. plot-driven stories 05:09 When … Continue reading Enemies Turned Allies & Character-Driven Plots | Weekly Roundup
This week on Weekly Roundup… Need help writing a first kiss scene? Wondering how important (or unimportant) grammar is for writers? Check out this week’s live stream highlights! This week’s topics include: 00:10 Writing a first kiss 01:45 Is grammar important? 04:04 Fear of idea theft 05:04 How much characterization? 07:00 Advice for flashbacks 07:58 … Continue reading First Kiss, Idea Theft, & Agatha Christie | Weekly Roundup
This week on Weekly Roundup… From plot holes and love triangles, to advice for new writers, this week’s Live Q&A went well! Here’s a full list of what I talk about in the highlights video: 00:09 Fixing a boring fight scene 01:31 Filling plot holes 02:24 Advice for new writers 05:07 Biggest mistake new writers … Continue reading Plot Holes, New Writers, & Love Triangles | Weekly Roundup
This week, I share advice on writing memorable power systems, “friends to lovers” relationships, biopunk stories, and more.
A Weekly Roundup: Trying something new It’s been a while since I last posted! Over a year, in fact. Why so long? Because in July of 2020, I started posting creative writing advice on TikTok — initially every day, and now every other day, with an hour-long live stream every Saturday. I also finished the … Continue reading YA Dystopias & Character Chemistry | Weekly Roundup
As writers, we often fall into a trap of dissatisfaction — always looking to future successes for happiness, instead of today. Here’s how to break free.
In describing songs that are needlessly complex, Debussy said, “They smell of the lamp, not of the sun.” The same can be said of certain stories.
When I entered college in 2011, I became obsessed with finding out what makes a story worth telling. Many answers awaited me.
When I first started writing, I was a pantser. Later, I became a plotter. Now I sit somewhere in the middle and use what I call a Progressive Outline.
“How do you create good (emphasis on *good*) emotional character arcs? I’ve seen tons in the media but I wouldn’t know where to start. Are there any basics, like where to start and end? I think I’d know how to work out the middle if there was a start and end.” Question from Tumblr user: … Continue reading How to write a good character arc | Follower Q&A
Want to merge character development with plot? Give the Character-driven Plot Wheel a spin.
Over the last decade, I graduated from high school, got a bachelor’s in writing, earned an MFA in fiction, and began my career as a copywriter. In that time, I grew a lot as a writer — so I thought I’d share the lessons that helped me most along the way. How does one from … Continue reading 10 lessons from a decade of writing
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