Rebecca Harrison, Guest Contributor Villains can be some of the most difficult characters to write and they can be the difference between a stagnant story and a powerful one.
Miguel Flores, Guest Contributor Few things we learn about writing are consistently applicable to every writer. One of those rare things is this: writing is hard.
Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer Life throws many changes at us. They threaten an end to our creative ambitions. Whether it’s a job with no wiggle room for ideas, so much college homework you’re worried you’ll lose your love of reading, or a new life role (marriage, parenthood, anyone?), change has a way of making us feel like a naive idiot for calling ourselves a writer, an artist, an adventurer.
Rachel Garner, Staff Writer In my previous post, I tackled the value of critique even when it hurts. Now I’m here with advice on how to create these worth-their-weight-in-gold critiques and how to minimize the necessary toe-smashing.
Daniel Schwabauer I had re-written the novel, then titled Baht, in 2012, as 70,000+ words of first-person narrative. Only in writing the second-to-last chapter did I realize the book wasn’t working. Though it had a lot going for it (in my opinion, anyway), it still lacked something. It lacked oomph. Drive. A sense of compulsion. I wasn’t being pulled along by the story; I was driving the story ahead of me with a cattle-prod.