In this age of extreme opinions, it’s hard to write diverse characters…
…which means you should write them anyway.
We live in an age where the most dramatic opinion always gets attention:
- Extreme social justice movements on one side
- And horrendously disrespectful ideologies growing (should I say mutating?) on the other
Right now, writing about other cultures and backgrounds feels like a minefield.
Should you write characters from outside your own background or culture?
…and how do you do it?
In this article, I’ll give you a few guidelines to navigate through the minefield.
These guidelines will enable you to respectfully portray “other” characters – without making them plain, boring, or predictable. Continue reading How Can You Write Diverse Characters (without Stereotyping)?
You might be surprised by all the “hidden gems” for writers on YouTube:
- Interviews with Bestselling authors
- Consistently updated Writing Channels
- And even full-length Writing Courses… 100% free
It ain’t easy to find them all.
Well, it wasn’t for me.
But for you – I’ve compiled all the best YouTube Writing Channels and Videos here in one simple list, so you can better achieve to your writing goals:
Continue reading 19 Best Writing Channels on YouTube
Above the pearly gates in Writer’s Purgatory…
…there is a question painted gold, floating letters:
“What is the Most Important Rule of Writing?”
Ahead, a vaguely androgynous guardian stood over a marble lectern, scribbling in a book with gold-leafed pages.
When she saw me, a deep frown creased her otherwise flawless face.
She asked, “Do you have your answer?”
Continue reading The Most Important Rule of Writing?
My favorite writers are rebels.
Most of them know the rules of writing… and break them anyway.
Look at these examples:
- Isaac Asimov thrived on “info dumps”
- Info dumps are supposed to be boring.
- The Hunger Games starts with Katniss’s wake-up routine.
- Don’t start with the wake-up. This is amateur writing 101!
- Harry Potter doesn’t have a consistent point of view
- Mr. Dursley takes up the first chapter… and we never get his POV again.
But all of them are breakout best sellers.
Which can only mean one thing…
Continue reading Why There Are No “Rules” in Writing
The gate swings open.
Beyond the rusted iron bars, you see only darkness. A note lies at your feet.
Fresh, red ink reads:
I know what you want:
The secrets to writing a truly great horror story.
Enter my domain, and you will have what you seek – but beware –
Enter softly, and enter alone. There are things in this place that are best left undisturbed…
Continue reading 3 Vital Keys to Every Great Horror Story
Another great writer makes her exit:
Ursula K. Le Guin has passed.
But with her death, I do not want to mourn her…
I want to celebrate her. Her work. And what she did for the world of writing (and reading).
Continue reading 5 Best Books (for Writers) by Ursula K. Le Guin
Love Science Fiction?
I’ve got some great books for you that you might’ve missed in 2017.
Note: I have not read all of these. This is part “Amazing sci-fi novels I read in 2017” and part “2018 reading list.”
Here’s 9 fascinating science fiction books that came out in 2017:
Continue reading The 9 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017