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On the Devices of the Writing Craft New!

Literary devices are common in fiction. The classics have taught us poetic narratives using figurative effects. Modern fiction continues the tradition. Though the contemporary writer has an excellent grasp of wielding these devices, he must remain informed and continue learning how to effectively implement them....

Prolonged Death Scenes New!

George R.R. Martin is famous for killing his beloved fictional characters. When he feels the need for a secondary character to go in his epic Game of Thrones series, he creates a dramatic episode that will end that character. The death of his characters are often quick,...

When You Are Rejected New!

Have you been asked if you keep yourself “busy”? Have you been asked by a person yet when you are going to get a job? Being a struggling writer is not easy. You never know if or when you are going to be paid. Often,...

Stop-Time Technique New!

Many writers believe that writing about the action must be done with immediacy for pacing. Any scenes with action completed quickly, however, can sometimes appear too hurried. The writer has a poetic license to use a stop-time technique. This technique does not intend to throw...

Incredible Tricks That Can Add Depth to Your Story New!

Authors often have a hard time finding a pace that works for them. Some authors seem to have the gift of writing and storytelling, while some struggle hard to keep their creativity intact. However, that does not mean authors cannot enhance their skills. There are...

Protect Your Writing Time New!

Since the writing vocation is non-traditional, most of the time it does not operate on fixed schedules. People are drilled in the traditional eight to five work pattern. Writing is often seen by the misinformed as a passion or a hobby that can be set aside...

Excessive Flashbacks New!

The writer with the idea that characters must be three-dimensional creates a backstory for his characters. The writer then becomes so preoccupied with excessive flashbacks that he loses touch with the present, which is a more important time for the characters. If the writer cannot...

Using Philosophy in Fiction Writing 2: Plato’s Cave and the Revolution of Social Fiction New!

In this course of articles, we take a cursory view of a philosophical social movement or way of thinking and examine how that movement’s ideas can be utilized to enhance your fiction writing, bringing dynamism and realism to your worldbuilding and character motivation. In this...

Using Philosophy in Fiction Writing 1: Marxism, Dystopia and Beyond New!

In this course of articles, we take a cursory view of a philosophical social movement or way of thinking and examine how that movement’s ideas can be utilized to enhance your fiction writing, bringing dynamism and realism to your worldbuilding and character motivation. In this...

Gender Roles in Romance New!

We’ve all heard the stories before, about how brave knights save princesses, how superheroes save damsels in distresses. We’ve seen young women fall in love with dark, troubled men and, through the power of love, change them for the better. We’ve heard the manufactured romances...