Writing Stories with Five Characters or Fewer

  •   Jun 13, 2017   •  

Most stories feature many characters. Stephen King’s It (1986) is one example where...     more »

Exercises for Fleshing Out Interesting Characters

  •   May 2, 2017   •  

Characters are the most essential part of any story. The more interesting the characters, the mor...     more »

The Key to Writing Fresh Fiction

  •   Mar 7, 2017   •  

With so many brilliant works already out there, staying fresh is more and more of a challenge for...     more »

How Genetics Can Move Your Story Forward

  •   Feb 28, 2017   •  

What do genetics have to do with writing fiction? Everything.The debat...     more »

Breathing Life into Your Characters

  •   Nov 29, 2016   •  

Good characters are real. They’re made from flesh, blood, and ink. They've got families...     more »

Why Every Story Needs Some Humour, Including Yours

  •   Jul 12, 2016   •  

A touch of comedy is useful for any story. It humanises characters and creates variety in even th...     more »

How Crucibles Can Save Your Story from Falling Apart

  •   May 31, 2016   •  

Every writer faces this contradiction, sooner or later: you need escalating conflict to drive the...     more »

All the Good Stuff about the Bad Guys

  •   May 25, 2016   •  

Villains are a dime a dozen, but good villains—the ones that stick in your mind—are just as hard...     more »