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Creating a Villain

           The bad guy is can be one of the most important details in writing a good thriller or drama. Someone that the audience hates, a person who always seems one step ahead of everyone. The right villain can scare a child into having nightmares, but there is more to writing than declaring in the text that the character is the protagonist’s mortal enemy.

          To create the best villain, take a moment away from the story, look at three qualities that your protagonist has that make him unique. Then th  More...

 

Writing for other people.

               This article may upset some people that I know, but I feel that it needs to be said. As a writer many of you may have come across this statement from people that are friends or co-workers. They say something along the lines of. “Man, I should have a book written about my life.” I used to roll my eyes hearing this statement because it is very pretentious. 

               I manage a hotel and had a maintenance man that worked for the hotel utter this statement  More...

 

Chapter Layout

            Hello, welcome back.

Chances are if you are writing a book you have a lot of questions. That is natural, when I was starting out, I had plenty of questions to answer them. I read books about writing novels. These writers told a reader how to write, but here is the truth the book workshops are a scam. They perpetuate this lie that everyone has this creative spirit inside that needs to be refined.  In my opinion I believe most people will ne  More...

 

Sex, Story Development and Graphic Details

                 Human beings have been attracted to each other since the dawn of time, when not in pursuit of our own sexual desires we like to watch and read about others engaging it in. But when is writing about sex how much is too much. The beauty of writing is that you can be as detailed as you want but somethings should be left out right?

                “Emma wakes up in the morning, the sun woke her but she isn't fully alert, once gett  More...

 

How to Get Started

               In my previous articles I briefly touched on how to write thrillers, editing, and the differences between nonfiction and fiction. But some people might think Steve that is all well and good but how do I get started and actually write a book?

                First take a sheet of paper. If you have an idea put it down on the paper, fill both sides of the page, fill all space with ideas to add to this story, anything that comes to mind.

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Fiction V.s. Nonfiction

                When I think of nonfiction, I think of works of art like Art of War, something that can be referenced and looked to for information. nonfiction is a huge part of the industry. I watch this show Veep. It follows a dysfunctional and fictional Vice President; in the episode I am referencing she is dating a personal trainer and she took him on a trip to England. This personal trainer meets with a member of the British government at a mixer. He mentions that he is an author. The government official asks him for one of his titles he b  More...

 

Editing


                Welcome back. If you read my last blog post I touched a bit on editing. Editing something that weighs on all writers, my blog posts are self-edited, if you read my work it is a lot more polished. That is because our raw writing looks like this blog post, ugly. A writer sees his words differently than the reader, that is because in the writer’s sub conscious they already know what they want to say. How it is said does not always translates into how it is read. My first  More...

 

Tips to writing a thriller.

               I have written many novels and short stories, most of my works involve lots of action, suspense, and most of all drama. When writing anything, having a solid plot means you are off to a good start, but the heart of a thriller involves the characters combined with multiple points of view, to create suspense, suspense will always keep pages turning. Many people find difficulty writing from multiple viewpoints, for me I don’t know how to write another way. Viewpoint writing allows the reader to se  More...