How Great Characters Make Great Stories

There are no great stories without great characters. Great characters feel real, which makes their stories feel real. Here's why it matters.

How Many Characters Should Your Story Have?

Your main goal as writer is to get your reader's attention.

If your readers can't remember who's who in your story, you're done.

This guide will help you figure out how many characters your story needs, and how to root out the useless characters.

An Unexpected Death - Short Fiction by P. S. Hoffman

The cracking of naked knuckle bones broke the silence, and a long, white finger speared out of the dark. It stopped an inch from my nose.

"CHOOSE!" the voice tolled louder than an iron bell.

The Vast Size of Old Age - Short Fiction

She rode a speckled grey mare through the towering forests of grain, the flower's white petals lapping at her shoulder with every stride. Dirt furrows rose and fell like foothills, and the forest of grain never changed-

Until her head was nearly lopped off by a scythe.

Why Your Characters Need a Defining Moment

I only went to see Zootopia because of the sloths... ...but I learned a pretty powerful writing lesson along the […]

Breaking the Law(s) - Short Fiction

Professor Lou Pole, possibly the greatest mind of his generation, had no business leaving his prestigious (and very high paying […]

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