This is not a definitive essay. It’s not even an argument, exactly. These are just my thoughts, hopefully coherent and possibly of some value...
Characters: what would a story be without them? This series of articles will explore my most and least favorite characters from different literary mediums. I'm not taking poorly written characters here, but ones who - as written - are people I dislike. Sounds fun? First up, TV shows! (These are in no particular order. That... Continue Reading →
Am I risking my budding author platform for the sake of a click bait title? Maybe. But actually, the title is true - let me explain.
Alright folks, this post is for me. Yeah, I know – if I wanted to write something for myself I should get a journal. Well, I promise by the end of this I’ll turn my rant into a general writing lesson. ‘Cause it’s OK as long as it’s educational, right? So, I saw Aquaman yesterday.... Continue Reading →
…don’t mix. The end.
Thanks for reading, folks! Yes, I know that was amazing and –
Ok, just kidding. I’m an overwriter, it’s my nature to elaborate. And, since this is Election Day here in the USA, I figured this would be a perfect topic.
How many of you saw the ads for the movie Monster Trucks? With a budget over $125 million, this film grossed only $64 million domestically and is now known as a major box office bomb. Considering its 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and its (admittedly) ridiculous premise, one might be tempted to think that this film – a story about a literal monster that drives around pretending to be a literal truck – would be a total waste of a good two hours of living. That’s certainly what I thought when I saw the ads. But, I was wrong.
The way I see it, there are two major categories into which a literary work can fall:
works which strive to explore certain topics, themes, and messages
works that are designed to entertain
Now, there are certainly pieces that will do both...
"Just let it go." That’s not something any author wants to hear about their darling character, or their clever plot twist, or their funny scene. But, sometimes, our desire to hold on to something is holding our story back.
I love writing advice videos. I’ve learned a lot from all these great writers on YouTube who share what they’ve learned over their writing journeys - and, let’s be real, I’ve filled my times of writer’s block being ‘really productive’ on YouTube. But, through all the good stuff, there was one bit of advice that struck me as very odd...