A good villain is a personal villain

Villains are problematic not only in that they are usually the more proactive character, while the hero is reactive, but also because they are often doing the more interesting stuff, moving the story forward. I have many times found myself sympathizing with the villain just because I want to see what happens when they complete their …

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STOP MAKING SCIENTISTS THE VILLAIN PLEASE

I've had it up to my frontal lobe with this bullshit. It is 20 god damn 17, we should not be afraid of knowledge and learning anymore. We should not see a person in pursuit of understanding as an automatic enemy. What is wrong with all of you writers out there? Seriously, what is your problem? …

Your characters should save themselves

Still listening to 'The Girl with all the Gifts' and it's still very good, but another of my peevs has appeared. And again, it's not a deal-breaker, and is hardly worth mentioning except I need stuff to blog about if I'm going to do this every day, so, you get to hear me whine about …

The joy of writing

I have watched my fair share of Bob Ross, and one thing he repeats often is 'it's your world, you can do whatever you want in your world.' Well, you can write whatever you want in your world, too. Many stories I've read--published or otherwise--feel like the author is holding back, restraining or censoring themselves. Writing …