Just because a show is “a kid show” doesn’t give it the excuse to be cheesy, obvious, and ill-timed. With a lot of cheesy and just straight bad entertainment media, I see a lot of people use “yeah, but it’s a kid show” as an excuse that somehow makes it ok (Specifically, I’m talking about… Read More

My fight scenes are pretty dry. I just describe events blow by blow. Fight scenes, any scenes, are opportunities to get in the character’s head and provide contextual descriptions. Character development. My protagonist just got punched in the face for something he knew was wrong, but thought he would get away with. How does he… Read More

I frequent some different writing forums. A common title I see reads something to the effect of, “I’m going to try to write a story a day for the next year,” or, “I have this good idea for a story. What do you think?” These goals in and of themselves aren’t necessarily bad. But, in… Read More

I tend to give too many reasons for my character’s actions. It clutters up the story and slows plot advancement. The character is living a life and making normal, every day decisions. We, as characters of our own stories, don’t think about the reasons behind everything we do. We just do the things. For example,… Read More

As I really started to get serious about writing every day, I heard a lot about word count. Stephen King says to write 2000 words a day. Brandon Sanderson told his class to write 500 words a week or something like that. I started with 500 words a day and worked up to 1500-2000 a… Read More

One of the best pieces of advice out there for writing stories is to “just start writing”. In other words: Do work. Produce stuff. But for a procrastinator such as myself, that advice easily becomes daunting. I need to break things out in chunks. If I don’t, my mind wanders too much and I get… Read More

I’ve tried a lot of different approaches to planning and writing a novel. I’ve researched and found all sorts of methods. Some people said to plan a lot, others said to not plan and just “start writing”. I tried the planning, I tried just going for it. I found some stuff that worked for me… Read More