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What The MCU’s Spider-Man Can Teach Us About Writing

(SPOILERS FOR SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, AND AVENGERS: ENDGAME — READ AT YOUR OWN RISK) I’m gonna let you in a little secret that is probably not very secret. I love Marvel’s Spider-Man movies. And it’s not just because Tom Holland is cute, okay? I mean… it’s probably part ofContinue reading “What The MCU’s Spider-Man Can Teach Us About Writing”

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Writerly Resources For Authors

With NaNoWrimo coming up, I figured a post like this might be helpful. Over the years, I’ve curated different writerly resources from conscientiously (*cough cough* read that as “obsessively”) researching the writing craft. So now I’m gonna share them. This is totally NOT because I didn’t feel like writing a full-on blog post this week.Continue reading “Writerly Resources For Authors”

What Fictional Relationships Teach Us About Writing Romances

I know. We already did a relationships post. But we didn’t do one focusing specifically on ROMANCE. So now we’re going to. I’m not even sorry. Now, I write science fiction and fantasy, not romance, but I love a good romantic subplot. Emphasis on good. Because, let’s face it, a badly done or even *coughContinue reading “What Fictional Relationships Teach Us About Writing Romances”

Enola Holmes and Good Female Characters

So I watched Enola Holmes. And, if I’m being honest, I wasn’t expecting that much — no shade to the writers, producers, and actors! I just figured it was going to be teenage adventure movie with a Strong Female Protagonist that was likable enough but fell into the Epic Girl Who Can Kill a ManContinue reading “Enola Holmes and Good Female Characters”

Villains Are Characters Too

Hehe, sorry for the title. I had to. Anyway. In my early writing days, villains were hard for me to write. They usually came off as creepy cardboard cutouts. Boring — at least to me. I want my readers to be intimidated by my villains, and it’s hard (in my opinion) to be afraid ofContinue reading “Villains Are Characters Too”

Creating Authentic Character Relationships

For me, writing relationships between characters is either instinctual or highly annoying. Sometimes, I just know which characters will click, and everything comes easily. Other times, I’m stuck staring at two characters going “now, kiss“, and they look at me, asking why. And I don’t have an answer, so I just tell them to quitContinue reading “Creating Authentic Character Relationships”

A Cheat Sheet to Creating Characters

Let’s get real for a second. Making up characters that feel like actual people with agency is hard. People are complex, so creating fictional ones isn’t a simple task. The thing about people is that our foundational values and beliefs define us in so many ways. They often drive our decisions, interests, actions, and words.Continue reading “A Cheat Sheet to Creating Characters”