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?
“…There is no such thing as Writer’s block…”
At least, that’s what I keep hearing.
“It’s a lie. It’s an excuse. It doesn’t exist.”
Writer’s Block is real. Every writer ever has faced it.
But – there is a serious problem with calling it “Writer’s Block.”
Let me show you…
Continue reading How to (Actually) Cure Writer’s Block
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
Good dialogue will punch you in the chest.
It will swing like a fist out of the dark, and when it hits it will make your heart stop.
But when writing dialogue, most writers miss. Even professionals make some major mistakes (I’ll show you a few examples in a minute).
There are five things you need to stop doing when you write dialogue…
Fix these, and you will write dialogue that will smack your readers right in the emotions:
Continue reading 5 Ways You’re Writing Your Dialogue Wrong
I missed out.
I never read Hemingway when I was young. I’m glad I fixed that, because I was missing out.
In Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants, you quickly become acquainted with his powerful use of subtext and rapid characterization.
In For Whom the Bell Tolls, you can watch the writer peel away the layers of his characters, and his world.
I picked up 7 powerful lessons on writing more immersive dialogue from Hemingway’s 20th Century masterpieces.
Let me show you what I’m talking about:
Continue reading Hemingway’s 7 Tricks to Immersive Dialogue