(Disclaimer: Yes, this is sarcastic. And no, I didn’t interview Abrams or get his permission. This is for entertainment purposes primarily. But still… there are things to be learned!) With everyone raving about the new Star Wars movie like it’s the best thing to show on the big screen since, well, ever, I thought it would … More The J. J. Abrams Guide to Brilliant Storycrafting!
The Victorian era was one of the richest times for novels. Many genres that are still popular today originated in their modern forms in the nineteenth century, and most modern writers are influenced by at least one or two writers from the age. Here’s a list of ways you can take the original greatness and make … More How to Write a Victorian Classic
As a literature and writing major in college, I sometimes found myself bombarded by the current craze of the critics, literary fiction. As I tell inquisitive friends and family, literary fiction tends to be all-character-no-plot fiction, based in the real world and harnessing the power of the ordinary to bring it up to the extraordinary. … More How to Write Award-Winning Literary Fiction (Parody)
“Neil Gaiman” is a name that is tossed around a lot in the writing community… and the sci-fi community… and the comics community… and probably several other communities as well. Though I only learned about him a few years ago with his first Dr. Who episode, he’s considered a massive cult writer and is becoming mainstream … More How to Write Just Like Neil Gaiman (Parody)
Trailing shortly behind supernatural romances, one of the top sub-genres today is the young adult dystopian novel. Forced factional occupations, forbidden teen romances and rebellion against a strict societal structure are all key elements in this craze, and in this week’s “How Not to Write” article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to … More How to Write The Next Great YA Dystopian Novel
In this second part of my “How (Not) to Write” series, I’m going to look at one author in particular and tell you how you–yes, you!–can write a fantasy series just like George R. R. Martin. Well, actual results will vary. George R. R. Martin is a celebrity fantasy author for his famous “Song of … More How to Write Just Like George R. R. Martin (A Parody)
Welcome to my latest weekly series–“How (Not) to Write,” where I’ll tell all you need to know to write a terrible novel in all sorts of styles and genres! Sometimes I’ll look at specific authors, other times like now I’ll stick with something broad. So, are you captivated by the lands of elves and dwarves … More How (Not) to Write Epic Fantasy