Read this ebook-length worldbuilding guide for writers by an established author. It's perfect for both beginners and advanced writers.
Amazon has a lot of money. I wish this was a paid advertisement for their newest series: The Romanoffs. But it's not. This is an honest review. First off, it's really good on every level. The acting, the originality of the writing, the filming, their thematic choices, the pacing, and the choice of a constant stream… Continue reading The Romanoffs is Awesome
There haven't been a lot of movies I've seen in the past year or so that I thought were great. Last month I saw Mother!, and it was awesome. Now, I'm not going to spoil the more disturbing things in this movie, so I don't think I need a "trigger warning" for this post. In… Continue reading Mother! is Awesome
A series in which I oversimplify one concept from a work of literature to make you a better writer. When I came up with the idea to do a romance for this series, I was tempted to pick a modern romance novel, but thousands come out each year. Even looking at some "best of" lists,… Continue reading Why It Works: You’ve Got Mail
A series in which I oversimplify one concept from a work of literature to make you a better writer. Time travel sucks as a genre. It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine. Yes, the whole genre. Everyone knows about the grandfather paradox: if you travel back in time and kill your grandfather before… Continue reading Why It Works: Primer
A series in which I oversimplify one concept from a work of literature to make you a better writer. Corruption. The ring corrupts everyone. Quite early on, we learn that Frodo, our hero, is not immune to the corrupting effects. This becomes one of the greatest sources of tension. Will Frodo be able to destroy the… Continue reading Why It Works: The Lord of the Rings
Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of those weird cultural staples that literally everyone has heard of it. Most people over a certain age have probably seen the movie, but ask them what it's about, and they probably have no idea. It's kind of fascinating to think how a novella/film gets to such a point. I… Continue reading Year of Short Fiction Part 4: Breakfast at Tiffany’s