Twist Villains: Hate them, love them, write them right.
Okay, so controversy in the writing world apparently means twists! Today, I want to address a character trope that's often said with a pointed eye roll: twist villains. I'm sure you know the type (anything by M. Night Shymalan). But here's the thing! This director...
Fantasy Worldbuilding and the Three Bears
Fantasy Worldbuilding. Now there's a topic that I could talk about (or write about in this case) for hours on end. There's a lot to consider when it comes to creating a world for your story, after all! And you don't want to mess it up. Too much is obnoxious, too...
Sympathetic Villains and How They Can Improve Your Novel
Stories thrive off conflict and how you present you antagonist helps determine the type of tale you create. Sympathetic villains are a great way to engage your readers — I mean, emotional conflict is a pretty compelling reason to keep reading!
Writing Romance (in non-romance genres)
articularly care for the genre, but I’ll make a concerted effort not to get distracted by that. That being said, almost all of my longer novels and all of my series include romance.
Writing Cliches and How to Avoid Them
An opinion most of us storytellers can agree on is that writing cliches is the ultimate no-go. Don’t do it, nope. And if you do? Better subvert expectations and turn that trope on its head.