Who Is Your Protagonist?

Who Is Your Protagonist?

When you write, you’re bound to end up with a protagonist or two along the way (it would be a good trick not to!). Understanding your plot and how that protagonist fits into it can shape your story. Some genres and types of story have their own cliches and...
An Author is a Ventriloquist

An Author is a Ventriloquist

‘Never let the audience see your lips move.’ To a ventriloquist, this seems like obvious advice. But to an author, it can be equally valuable. Part of the conceit of a ventriloquist’s act is the belief that the dummy is real. It has a voice of its...
This is Why We Have Editors

This is Why We Have Editors

I use commas the way the B29 dropped bombs: let them loose to fall where they may, and hope they land where you want them. I can’t spell names I invented. I string together sentences longer than some short stories. This is why we have editors. I overuse ellipses...
7 Types of Villains

7 Types of Villains

Not every hero has a villain. A hero can battle faceless foes, the environment, or even his own inner demons, but if you want to write about heroic deeds you may find yourself looking for a villain to pit against your hero. A villain is a complement to a hero, a...