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How To Create a Character Sketch Using Scrivener

Character Sketch Scrivener

How do you create compelling characters?

Nothing is born in a vacuum. Characters don’t emerge fully formed. Creating compelling characters is a process of getting to know them and working to make them come to life. They’re developed through character sketches, through the writing process itself, through lots feedback, and diligent revision.

Why Writers Love Red Herrings: A Brief Guide

Red Herring

Red herrings are staples of the mystery and suspense genres, but they also can pop up in myriad other works and genres. But what is a red herring? Find out…

Let’s Get Freaky: How to Write a Scary Story

how to write a scary story

I love Halloween. The creepy movies, the crisp fall air, the pumpkins. And who doesn’t love to get dressed up and hit the town for night? But there’s nothing like a horrifying story to get in your head—and get you in the spirit.

What makes a good scary story? Here’s a few pointers on how to write a scary story to start you off in the right direction.

Writing an Essay? Here Are 10 Effective Tips

writing an essay

Honestly, throughout most of high school and college, I was a mediocre essay writer. Every once in a while, I would write a really good essay, but mostly I skated by with B’s and A-minuses. I know personally how boring writing an essay can be, and also, how hard it can be to write a good one.

However, toward the end of my time as a student, I made a breakthrough. I figured out how to not only write a great essay, I learned how to have fun while doing it.

That’s right. Fun.

This Image Writing Prompt Will Inspire You

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Images inspire me. They get me from Point A to Point B. They allow me to see the story before the story every touches paper. And image can be the perfect impetus for a deadlocked storyline.

Today I want you to be inspired. Let’s use imagery to push our writing further. Let’s dig deep and find the meaning behind the image.

The Creative Writer’s Toolkit: 6 Tools You Can’t Write Without

Creative Writing Tools

So you want to write fiction. Where do you begin? And what creative writing tools do you need to accomplish your writing goals?

3 Lessons Gone Girl Teaches Writers About Suspense

3 lessons gone girl teaches writers about suspense

I read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl way back in January after hearing that A. it was amazing, and B. it would be getting a theatrical release in October 2014. I loved the book, and as soon as I started seeing trailers for the movie, I got it into my head that I MUST SEE THIS FILM. The moody teaser, the dark score accompanying the scenes of a marriage unraveling, the mystery of whose story is the truth: the whole thing dragged me in. I saw the movie on Sunday, and it definitely did not disappoint, at least as far as I’m concerned. There’s a lot of debate around the plot, which I won’t go into here because pretty much anything I say would be a huge spoiler.

Writing Prompts About Cats

This weekend I saw the movie Gone Girl and there was this cat. The cat was everywhere, witness to all the dysfunctional behavior happening in the house—and he obviously didn’t care.

I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to write a story from the perspective of a cat?

Why I Quit Writing

Writing: somewhere between torture and fun.

Last night, I came to the realization that I don’t want to do what I’m doing anymore. I don’t want to be a writer anymore. I don’t want to write books. I don’t want to write this blog. I want to quit.

How to Dramatize Real Life in Your Writing

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How do you dramatize non fiction? Isn’t real life already wild and crazy enough? And isn’t that why we have fiction in the first place, so that we can be superheroes and E.S.C.A.P.E. our dull routine realities?

Yes, and yes, BUT. The role of literature, in my and many other authors’ humble yet strong opinion, is to reflect social trends and preserve cultural ideals. To inform, inspire, and innovate. The stories we write and read shape our culture and society, our minds and our lives. This is why I insist with the ferocity of a Category 5 hurricane on quality, beauty, and impact.

The reason I write is to open minds—including my own. For me, the most potent way to do that is by mixing up fiction and real life. So let me tell you about The Visionary.