Writing spans far beyond books, though many budding novelists don’t tend to look outside the printed fiction box when it comes to finding inspiration. While it’s obviously great to find books that make you want to write your own, there are so many other wonderful mediums for writing that can be doubly inspirational. One of my favorites is video games.
We’re long past the days of mindlessly gobbling ghosts in Pac-man and racing our way to the top in Mario Kart. While entertaining, those games lacked the intricate and powerful storylines that define many of today’s most popular titles.
If you’re already a gamer and familiar with these games, read this article, then go back, replay, and reevaluate from a writer’s perspective.
If you’ve never heard of any of these but are curious about what I’m even talking about, read on and discover some of the best storylines in video games to date. Continue reading “5 Best Video Game Storylines Writers Can Learn From”
Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay, and I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to explain why I think characters with mental disorders or illnesses matter and why we need more of them in modern fiction. Continue reading “Why Characters with Mental Illness Matter”
I see the glass shatter before I feel my head go through it. Adrenaline is weird like that; everything happens all at once, but at the same time, you see every little detail unfolding around you. The guard’s red, scrunched-up expression as he rams my face through the car window; the spider web valleys that explode across the glass just before it bursts around me; the shards that scatter onto the seat and lodge into my skin.
And then there’s the pain. Continue reading “Aftermath”
A novel is never really just one story. It’s a combination of characters, souls, wants, desires all rolled into one. A subplot is a story within your story — it’s what your characters are doing when they aren’t focused on the big picture.
Today we’ll define exactly what makes up a good subplot and how you can write one yourself.
Continue reading “What’s a subplot in literature and how do I write one?”
There are a lot of things that we as writers could do differently. I think, deep down, we don’t need any editor or beta reader or critique partner to tell us that. We’re lazy. We’re overinvested. We’re defensive. We’re insecure.
All of us are struggling to make the ideas in our minds sound as good on paper as they feel in our hearts.
But in order to truly become a better writer, we have to accept the fact that we’re not perfect and this image of success we hold in our heads — some undefined end point where we suddenly evolve like Pokemon from an aspiring writer to a full-fledged, real deal author — isn’t going to happen.
Continue reading “Your Book’s Not Flawed, You Are”