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Discussion: Male vs. Female Protagonists

I recently read an article entitled “The Harriet Potter Effect” that drew attention to a collection of poll results, highlighting that both men and women preferred to read books with male protagonists.   642 more words


Understanding Your Characters: Creating a Character Profile

Your characters are central to your story. They don’t have to be liked by all, but they need to be compelling. They need something that makes them relatable to the audience: maybe it’s what scares them the most, what is keeping them from facing the truth that most resonates with your readers. 558 more words

Writing Advice

Plotting Against Your Characters

If you want to challenge your plot, put the protagonist in a situation you don’t think he or she can get out of. Then, make the character find a way out. 488 more words

Creative Process


Thus the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia. 332 more words


Constructing a Self-Referential Collage

Moon shattering upon a highway her voice inside you.

Her voice inside you, a falling stone.

Her mountain stone an echo, your mouth erupting.

Tattooed with Hittite song her skin barely visible, a windshield. 58 more words

Text & Image

Transfer And The Balance Of Power In A Novel

It’s the time of the month for some discussion on craft. Today, writing teacher Sydney Smith and I discuss the balance of power in a novel. 983 more words


My Hero's Journey Is Personal And Twisted

It’s a beautiful Saturday, Modern Philosophers, so let’s talk about writing.

We don’t do that often enough on this blog, and it’s something we should form Deep Thoughts on as we are pretty much all writers here. 925 more words