tips and tricks

Villains: Family

There’s a reason why Disney movies like using the “evil stepmother” trope in their movies. It’s entirely relatable.  Well, okay. Maybe not the whole stepmother contracts a dude to take a child into the forest to kill her, then poisons… Read More ›

Villains: The Antihero

Have you noticed lately that there are more and more protagonists that aren’t…well…heroic? For instance, my mom likes to watch the Fox/Netflix show Lucifer. If you haven’t already guessed the premise, the show’s protagonist is Lucifer Morningstar (that’s right, the devil)… Read More ›

Torture Your Heroes

No one likes to read about characters living normal lives. Have you ever asked someone about the story they’re reading, and they tell you: “Oh, it’s an amazing story where the hero works a 9-5 job, and the villain is an inept boss. But it’s okay… Read More ›

The Habitual Writer

A messy desk. In the bedroom, a clean path from the bed to the door. Stacks of unread books line the ground and/or bookcase. An empty social calendar. Piles of dirty clothes. A well-used coffee pot. An overused laptop.  If… Read More ›