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December 3, 2018

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May 18, 2019

The retirement process is rarely simple, but retirement from the military comes with a unique set of challenges. Lt. Col. Derek Fletcher, USAF Retired, knew retirement was on the horizon, but the decision came faster than he expected when, in 2015, he was reassigned to...

Warning: Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame Below!!

MCU Steve Rogers is Obsessive-Compulsive

In a universe where death has no consequences, there are fewer scenes more heart wrenching than watching Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter say farewell by planning a date. It’s nice to s...

March 17, 2018

This particular post is dedicated almost entirely to Fiction. Non-fiction has the same elements, but they're almost always going to be done in a Character based structure. So while it will be helpful to know the other three structures, it's not entirely essential.

The M...

July 18, 2017

There is no such thing as an "original" character in the same way there's no such thing as an "original" story. All characters fall under a stock category. Every story has a Hero, a Villain, Love Interest, Best-Friend, Evil Lieutenant, etc. Your character might combine...

July 5, 2017

Dialogue is one of the hardest things for writers to write and a difficulty that is not exclusive to new writers. Finding your characters' individual voices is extremely difficult, and more often than not, they end up sounding just like every other character in your st...

June 22, 2017

No, that title is not the beginning of a really bad joke (although it easily could be ^-^), it's the way you need to think of your stories. In plain language, that means you don't have to worry about using a stock plot such as Boy meets Girl, Boy falls for Girl, Boy an...

June 16, 2017

There are few things worse than picking up a book and trying to muddle your way through a boring/unlikable narrator. You could have the greatest story in the world, but it will all be for naught if your reader is trying to figure out why we're following Judith Day arou...

June 8, 2017

Every well-constructed World runs on rules. The mark of a truly great World is when your reader doesn't necessarily realize what those rules are. Everything has to be planned out before you ever start writing so that, if you want to write about something, you don't hav...

May 10, 2017

A huge part of writing is finding someone impartial to read your work before anyone else sees it. That person needs to be your biggest critic because anything that gets passed them (a poorly constructed sentence, a whiny unlikable hero, a misspelled word) will go out t...

April 21, 2017

So in case you haven't already noticed, I'm doing a very quick, very brief overview of the main points of story creation. Once I've hit most, if not all, of the highs, I'll then proceed to give more in-depth analysis according to my own experience. Please to do not tak...

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