Bill Sikes. Lady MacBeth. Captain Ahab. Voldemort. The Wormwoods. Sauron. Iago. The best villains in literature send a shiver down our spine and make our blood pressure rise. Why do some villains have such a hold on us while others feel like weak sauce? Here are some tips on how to craft a memorable villain. […]
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the greatest villain of them all? Iago? Ahab? Fagin? Voldemort? Sauron? Villains are just plain scarier when they only have one name, aren’t they? Who’s your choice?
Shakespeare had to know how to sharpen a quill and dip it in ink. Hemingway had to know how to use a typewriter. You need to know how to use a computer. Computer skills are completely imperative for the modern writer. And I don’t just mean opening up whatever word processing application that comes with […]
By: Victoria Mixon PLOT Plots are myriad, but plot structure is simple: hook, development (with backstory interwoven), climax. Shakespeare’s five-act play, Syd Field’s three-act story, Freytag’s triangle (although Freytag called complications climax and climax resolution—causing untold confusion): like a holograph, hook-development-climax works on all levels, from the big picture down through chapters, sequences, scenes, to […]
You may have the idea that you somehow have to choose between writing a plot-oriented novel and a character-oriented novel, and that one has to come at the expense of the other. I’m here to tell you why you don’t worry about these categories. It’s a completely false choice. UPDATED 5/30/19 There’s no such thing […]
sihT eWke nI lbuhsPgni This was a great week in the world of publishing blogging, and I’m sure I caught but a few of the highlights. But first, congratulations go out to the winners of the Edgar Awards! Among the winners, John Hart and DOWN RIVER took home the prize for Best Novel. Over at […]