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Why Readers Should Like & Relate to Your Villain

Consider the following villains: Darth Vader, Maleficent, Hannibal Lecter. What makes them so delightful to hate? These characters appeal to the audience for many reasons, which boil down to a simple fact. 306 more words


Writing Quote Tuesday

This week’s quote is from Stephen King:

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”

–Stephen King


Writing Quote Tuesday

Problems in the Middle

I’m a middle child, so it’s no surprise that I dislike conflict. According to Dr. Kevin Levine in The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are… 248 more words


Comparing Transformers Characters

Most of us read, watch, or listen to some kind of storytelling media, be it books, movies, television shows, comics, original fiction, whatever. Now some people simply wish to be part of the audience; they know whether they enjoyed something or not but probably don’t think too deeply about why they enjoyed it or didn’t enjoy it. 965 more words


Thriving Within Metaphor

Part of the writer’s toolbox is means of comparison. The three most popular tools we use are analogy, simile, and metaphor. These are opportunities for writers to use their imagination and skill to conjure a movie screen in their reader’s mind. 857 more words


Twisting / a poem

Ray won’t behave.

She flaunts at me, skipping over the page.

I told her she’s a naïve troubled teen

but she sticks out her tongue – she is so mean. 305 more words

British Writer

Abuse the Muse

Do I have a muse? Hell yes. I have dozens of them. But who are they? The key is that it is not important who they are or where they come from — what is important is how I use them to help me articulate what is in my imagination into tangible product. 974 more words