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There are seven crucial steps to write better villains. Try these, and you will automatically start to create more compelling antagonists.read more
Do you want to achieve your wildest writing goals in 2020? Then you’ve come to the right place. I’m about to give you a complete strategy for setting your most important writing goals in 2020... and how to actually reach them. Here's the overview of what...read more
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Hey there, I’m P. S. Hoffman.
This is my blog, where I share writing techniques and other fiction-improving content.
I mostly write science fiction and fantasy, but my reading tastes range far and wide. So please, talk to me about anything writing related.
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More Recent Articles…
Looking for the best science fiction books of 2019? Check out this complete list.read more
Do writers need to market themselves on Social Media? Here’s the answer…read more
When you’re stuck, writing is torture. This will show you how to overcome your writing fears… and conquer Writer’s Block.read more
Do all your characters sound the same?You are losing readers. Read this to make all your dialogue rapid-fire and intense.read more
Need great gift ideas for a writer? Wouldn’t it be great if there was some giant, massive, so-big-it-could-serve-as-a-second-moon list of outstanding gift ideas for the writer in your life? You got it. This is the ultimate guide to gift ideas for writers. This list...read more
How do you write a hero who stands out? Not any ordinary hero... ...we're talking about writing a hero who is... Inspiring Full of character So addicting your readers will beg for sequels... This article will give you a firm grasp on how to write a truly engaging...read more
Should you quit NaNoWriMo? Or is there one really good reason to keep going…? This list is for the people teetering on the edge of “giving up.”read more
Everybody loves reading about a smart character who wields her intelligence like a battle-axe. But actually writing a smart character? And building out a believable, yet rewarding, arc for geniuses? That's no easy feat. So I've sketched out some "shortcuts" to help...read more
What are the best science fiction reads in 2018? This list has it all – wormholes, grimdark, Douglas Adams-style humor, and the very latest mind-bending scifi books.read more
What are the 12 most common mistakes authors make? I interviewed professional editors to find out…read more
Want to write more likable characters? Want readers to “beg for more” of your protagonists? Check this out: the second half of the series.read more
Want people to actually finish your stories? You need to make them care about the characters first. Here’s the first part of the list: “26 ways to write likable characters.”read more
Writing great character motivations requires these 4 steps. With these, you will be able to turn any of your characters into living, breathing people with real lives.
…hopefully, their real lives are devastatingly interesting, so you’ll write books that people will beg to read.read more
Armed with these seven secrets, you’ll have a much easier time creating characters that feel alive.
Your readers will cheer for them, feel every failure, and won’t be able to put your books down.read more
Want a better way to show what your character looks like? Stop describing them – and start using these 5 strategies to create vivid, beautiful characters.read more
Want to write characters from different Cultures? Backgrounds? What about other races and privilege levels? This will make sure you do it in a way that engages your audience… while respecting other demographics.read more
The Best Writing Channels on YouTube… are surprisingly plentiful. Find 19 of your next writing classes right here!read more
After 21 drafts of the same short story… I learned 21 things that I need to share with you. These will make a huge difference when you start writing your next story.read more
What do you care about most? The First Law of Writing is the one most new writers forget.
Why aren’t you writing about what you love?
Writer’s Block is real. But the problem is… we don’t know which writer’s block we have. Read this, and you’ll know how to cure all 3 types.read more
There are no rules in writing. Don’t believe it? Read this – and you’ll understand why it’s called the Zeroth Law.read more
How do horror authors do it?
Read this, and you’ll have the three keys to every great horror story ever written. It’s simpler than you think…
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