Story Anti-Patterns – And How to Fix Them

In programming we have a concept called an anti-pattern. This is a flawed approach at fixing a problem that causes more problems than the original issue it attempted to fix. Because of their ubiquitous nature, they’re pretty well documented (read: lots of people do this). When it comes to writing there are some anti-patters to […]

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In Their Own Eyes

I’m a big fan of Linda Seger’s books. If you’re a writer, Creating Unforgettable Characters must be on your bookshelf. If it’s not you’re really missing out. One of the bits Seger shares in Creating Unforgettable Characters is targeted toward villains – she states no one is evil in their own eyes. In the context […]

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The First Few Pages

While doing some research for a project, I stumbled across an interesting post over on Be Kind Rewrite. The 21 Best Tips for Your Opening Scene has some good advice. Check it out if you have a chance. And along these lines, I thought I’d reiterate some of my thoughts on this critical portion of […]

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