Dear Fellow Writers: No Man Is an Island

Did you enter the eBook giveaway yet? It's still open, and you can enter as many times as you like, so be sure to jump in! Now, enjoy my latest missive.  Dear fellow writers, I need your help. We're in a war. This is the age of information, and books are written quickly and in huge quantities. … Continue reading Dear Fellow Writers: No Man Is an Island

Why That Movie Wasn’t a Failure

I've been confused for some time about the complaints of Star Wars fans of The Force Awakens. You have probably heard them... "That's not a story; that's a pitiful fraction of a story." "There wasn't enough character development!" "How can I understand this story? The movie raised more questions than it answered." But the people who say … Continue reading Why That Movie Wasn’t a Failure

The Fall of Fashionable Platonism

Note: I will say a few things in this article with which you may disagree. If at any time your feelings are hurt by anything I say, feel free to click the red "x" box in the top right of your browser. It will make the offending text go away. Thank you. Well. So far, … Continue reading The Fall of Fashionable Platonism

Top 10 Villains

Last week, gretald tagged me for the Top 10 Villains post. With cheering and trumpets moderate excitement, I now accept. And, Greta, in the words of Bilbo Baggins, thag you very buch. So here are the rules. (Because what is fun without rules?) Post the button. Thank the blogger who tagged you. List your top ten favorite villains … Continue reading Top 10 Villains

What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part Two)

What to do about exposition? In the last post, I effectively deprived us of the three most popular devices for handling it; what remains in your writer's toolbox? We cannot simply leave the backstory out and expect the reader to keep up. For one thing, some amount of explanation is absolutely necessary to tell an intelligible … Continue reading What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part Two)

A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Bad

“Whenever you take on playing a villain, he has to cease to be a villain to you. If you judge this man by his time, he's doing very little wrong.” -Colin Firth Everyone agrees that a supervillain should be antagonistic, amoral, willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want, and for the … Continue reading A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Bad