Maybe this is only a big deal to me and not to anyone else, but here's a guest blog I wrote for Live Write Thrive. The webmistress, Susanne, pretty much explicitly asked for a guest blog by a therapist, so it seemed rude not to. I wrote about how being the type of person to … Continue reading My First Guest Blog Spot!
I saw a question on an online forum today asking: "How do you write for a very strong character without making them over powered?" This is a great question! There are a few ways to approach an overpowered character. Balancing Your Cast (or Planning an Imbalance) Firstly, balance is important when it comes to writing … Continue reading Writing a Strong Character (but not Overpowered)
Contrast is one of the most helpful tools you have when developing your original character: it makes the trip from A to B that much more pronounced. If you're keen to have a powerful character by the end of the story then it makes sense that you're considering starting off with a powerless character. This … Continue reading Character Development for Empowerment
Creating an original character is one thing, but writing a story for your OC is a different skill altogether. It's only natural to want to see your OCs in action once you've designed them so if you want to write a story with your original character as the star, why not start by writing story … Continue reading Writing a Story for your OC
Writing villains can be tricky, especially if you believe that people are inherently good. After all, why would an inherently good being do bad things? If you struggle with that, then you'll probably struggle with how to write a villain who takes the low road while also remaining realistic. There are reasons for doing bad … Continue reading 5 Ways to Avoid Writing a Cliche Villain
Writer's block is incredibly common and really frustrating. If you're struggling to write your next chapter (or let's face it, even the next sentence would be a blessing, right?) why don't you try these? Go on Pinterest and look up Writing Prompts/Story Prompts (or do the same with tumblr). Pinterest will give you hundreds of … Continue reading 4 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block
So you've got a humanoid-but-not-actually-human character. You know they've had a tough time because as TVTropes puts it so succinctly, humans are bastards. History shows us that humans tend to go on power-trips pretty easily, whether that's over other species or other humans, so it's worth asking yourself: are your non-humans a marginalised group? Many … Continue reading Backstory for Nonhumans