5 Writing Tips You Can Learn About Tension From “The Lion King”

5 Writing Tips You Can Learn About Tension From “The Lion King”
Creating the proper tension for a scene is one of the most difficult challenges a writer can face. Providing all of the proper elements that culminate in a nerve tightening sequence of suppressed anticipation takes skill, precision, and proper planning. When it comes to kids’ movies, these challenges increase tenfold. While adults may be willing...

5 Writing Tips You Can Learn From BBC’s “Sherlock”

5 Writing Tips You Can Learn From BBC’s “Sherlock”
All the cards on the table: I’m a huge Sherlock Holmes buff. Ever since I read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in grade school, I’ve been a diehard aficionado of the detective in the deerstalker. When BBC released Sherlock, I was skeptical about the concept of placing the famous sleuth and his equally famous sidekick...

5 Writing Tips You Can Learn About Comedy of Manners From “Frasier”

5 Writing Tips You Can Learn About Comedy of Manners From “Frasier”
There is no TV show that quite makes use of fast moving, high level, intellectual bantering as “Frasier”. Perhaps one of the most successful spinoffs of all time, “Frasier” took a beloved character from an equally beloved tv show and built a small and lively world around him. If there is one area where “Frasier”...

5 Writing Habits That are Killing Your Novel

5 Writing Habits That are Killing Your Novel
When one writes on any sort of regular basis, it’s pretty easy to pick up certain habits. When it comes to putting together a novel however, some of those habits can drag your work to a grinding halt. One of the biggest problems with bad habits is that we don’t always realize we have them....

How to Create a Plot From Nothing in 5 Steps

How to Create a Plot From Nothing in 5 Steps
Many writers will tell you that the most difficult part about writing a story is the plot itself: what should you write? I have long believed that absolutely anything can be made into a compelling story. It all comes down to how you look at it: how can you turn a situation in such a...