Insufferable Week 16

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Digital, Thrillbent, Uncategorized, Writing 101 | No Comments

Up on Thrillbent right now.  I have to admit, I really do have mixed feelings about Galahad, and my opinion of him changes from week to week. In some ways, I’m still trying to figure him out; I thought I knew him and what makes him tick, and then he quite literally starts saying things […]

A Short But Great Writing Tip

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Writing 101 | One Comment

Courtesy of Maureen Ryan, TV critic for the Huffington Post in her critique of this season’s Mad Men finale (no spoilers): “[M]ost engaging stories get you to want something for the characters. The characters don’t have to be good people or they don’t even have to have admirable goals, yet because of the way the story […]

What’s Keeping Me Up Nights Now

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in Digital, Thrillbent, Writing 101 | 9 Comments

One of our forum members, Max, found himself intrigued by an iPad comics app called DeepComix, which (this is hard to explain, bear with me) uses a series of parallax-view layers to give dimension to its pages. If that makes as little sense as I fear it does, look at how Max experimented with this […]

This Week’s Advice Column

Posted by on Apr 16, 2009 in Writing 101 | No Comments

You want your weekly dose of counsel and advice on being in a creative medium? Really? Is that what you want? Fine. Here: spend the sixty lousy bucks on Quicken and be done with it. Don’t just throw all your receipts and 1099s into a big drawer and expect to be able to neatly and […]

Don’t Waste My Time

Posted by on Apr 9, 2009 in Writing 101 | No Comments

A sister post to last week’s about how to energize your plots by letting the characters make unexpected choices. Fair warning–this post is (a) short and (b) generally more applicable to writers of serial fiction than of stand-alone stories, novels, screenplays, etc.–but maybe there’s still something here for you. One of the greatest sins in […]