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All About Subplots

In my opinion, any good story of significant length needs at least one subplot. Secondary plots serve to add complexity, increase tension and impact, underscore the main plot, and generally […]

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Antiheroes: Bad, but Not TOO Bad

Antiheroes are, generally speaking, bad boys (and girls!) with rough exteriors and a multitude of flaws, but good hearts. What separates likable villains from antiheroes is, at the end of […]

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Writing Addiction in Fiction

As a writer of emotional, character-based stories, there are few topics I find more rich and complex than addiction. There’s so much potential for both tragedy and redemption, and people […]

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Fictional Trauma Narratives

I absolutely love writing trauma in fiction. It’s been an intense interest of mine since I majored in psychology in college, taking several classes on the effects of trauma in […]

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Mental Illness in Fiction

Mental illness is often portrayed in fiction in a way that is highly innacurate. There are so many common misconceptions reinforced by depictions in books and movies, it can be […]

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Writing Child Characters

I absolutely love writing kids in fiction. I’ve always preferred kids to adults in real life, and after spending more than eight years nannying and majoring in Developmental Psychology at […]

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Writing Raw Emotion

Capturing the genuine heart of the human experience in fiction relies heavily on poignant and impactful depiction of emotion. In order to evoke feeling in the reader, you must evoke […]

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Essential Apps for Writers

Part of being successful as a writer is finding a routine that works for you. Over the past several years, I’ve developed my own personal writing process. TLDR—I couldn’t do […]