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 5 Humble Ways to Write Characters of Other Cultures + Backgrounds
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
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
Was The Last Jedi a bad movie?
Critics think it’s great…
…but for audiences, this is the worst-rated Star Wars Movies ever. Yep, even worse than The Phantom Menace.
I’m still on the fence.
However, there is one glaring problem in Star Wars Ep. 8:
There are too many characters.
Let me show you how they could have fixed this problem, and how you can fix this problem in your own writing:
Continue reading Too Many Characters? | A “Star Wars” Writing Tip
His fingers drip with ink; his face – with sweat. The candlelight flickers, casting shadows across the spidery, illegible scratch and ink stains.
Inching closer to the page, the Writer inches reads from his own words – “…to become a real writer, to climb the ranks into Authorship, one must write everyday.”
But, like all of life’s solutions, there is a problem. As he chews on his quill, a new question rolls around his mind…
How DO you Write Everyday?
These 9 strategies will help you build a daily writing habit so powerful, your own friends and family will think something is wrong with you:
Continue reading Write Everyday with these 9 Habit-boosting Strategies