April 2018- Poetry in Motion

Poet's Insight Poetry & Ethics: Writing About Others by Westminster College Prof. Natasha Saj'e Poetical Theory Female Tradition as Feminist Innovation- by American Poet and author Annie Finch. Other Topics Archetype of the Month- the Poet Non-Fiction Authors: How to Find Your Ideal Readers- Cathy Yardley was kind enough to give us an interview- and … Continue reading April 2018- Poetry in Motion


Writing Action Scenes

Reality Check- Things to Know before Writing a Fight Scene Genuine hand-to-hand combat lasts seconds or a few minutes at the most for good reasons. Unless the fighter is trained and actively familiar with hand-to-hand combat an actual fight can become exhausting and tire the fighter quickly. The fighter could still win with luck, but … Continue reading Writing Action Scenes

What Makes a Hero?

As explained in Structure Plot & Stories Easily  (April Issue) author J.R. Tolkien didn't focus on the hero or main characters as he plotted The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Instead  Tolkien made a skeleton plot. In short a skeleton plot has four elements: the goal, requirements, costs and dividends, and the pre-requisites. Tolkien interlaced … Continue reading What Makes a Hero?

The Anti-Hero

Anti-hero: The hero who didn’t ask to get involved but does. Obviously the anti-hero has more depth than the traditional hero or an upstanding counterpart. Anti-heroes can be useful, exhibiting flaws your audience can identify with. The standard anti-hero’s flaws lie in their personality, such as greed or violent tendencies. The most popular characteristic for … Continue reading The Anti-Hero

Making a Unique Villain

Are readers tired of the simple "to rule the world" excuse? Don't villains want anything else? As characters, the villain isn't as developed as the hero because the story revolves around the hero. Because of this villains won't typically have a character arc or experience character development, and are described to having the same malicious … Continue reading Making a Unique Villain

Replace “Said” with Another Verb

Concerned about repeating words or phrases? "Said" is one of the most re-used terms in the English language, which is a pity considering how many other terms there are for speaking. Below are some simple words that can substitute "said" easily, separated by situations your speaker may be in. As you write keep in mind … Continue reading Replace “Said” with Another Verb

Fiction Authors: How to Find Your Ideal Reader

For nonfiction, your ideal reader is identified by what problem he’s trying to solve. Fiction, on the other hand, is trickier. You’re trying to discover your reader based on how he finds new novels he enjoys. You could say his “problem” is finding books that satisfy his particular tastes, especially when he doesn’t have anything … Continue reading Fiction Authors: How to Find Your Ideal Reader