What makes a gripping story? The main character? The setting? The plot? Minor characters? Unique events? The quality of writing?
All of the above? Sure, I’d take that answer. 1,084 more words
I’m currently reading Donald Maass’ “The Fire in Fiction,” and one of the writing pitfalls he mentions is the stereotypical, cardboard cut-out bad guy or femme fatale. 607 more words
I’ve signed up for an online graduate humanities class as an elective for my history degree program. The class is pretty small, which means there will be no getting away from discussing philosophy — and its cousin — politics, with each other. 655 more words
I needed a better villain. So I did some brainstorming on my favorite villains … Long John Silver, Voldemort, Darth Vader, Hanibal Lector, Dracula. Aside from the fact that most are male (no comment), most also happen to be CRAZY. 291 more words