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”...

Worldbuilding Part II: Anchor Points

Worldbuilding Part II: Anchor Points
Every fictional reality needs anchor points; symbols, objects, or landmarks to remind and reinforce to the audience the nature of the reality you are building in your story. This article acts as a follow-up to my previous worldbuilding post “The Five Levels of Reality”. If you haven’t already had a chance, you can read that...

Nolan’s “Dunkirk”: 5 Writing Tips You Can Learn About Stories Based on Historical Events

Nolan’s “Dunkirk”: 5 Writing Tips You Can Learn About Stories Based on Historical Events
Recently, I had a chance to see Christopher Nolan’s latest epic “Dunkirk”. As I was watching the film, it occurred to me that there was much to be learned concerning writing about historical events. Now before I go any further, I think I must point out that I will be mentioning key aspects of the...

5 Reasons Your Novel Needs a Developmental Edit

5 Reasons Your Novel Needs a Developmental Edit
So you’ve FINALLY completed that novel you’ve been working on. After months, maybe years, of slaving over scenes, subplots, and character development, you have finally perfected your baby. There’s just one problem. You’ve missed something. Now you may be thinking that after all of the time you’ve put in, all the reading and rereading, writing...

Book Update: “Like Melvin” Now Available!

Book Update: “Like Melvin” Now Available!
I am very pleased to announce that as of today, my first novel “Like Melvin” is available! Copies can be found on Amazon, Google Books, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, and the Westbow  Press website. (Links below) “Like Melvin” is a Christian fiction book targeted to young adults. You can find a brief description of the...

Writing Prompts: 21 Epic Closing Lines

Writing Prompts: 21 Epic Closing Lines
Sometimes you have to begin at the end. Although most writing prompts are opening lines, there is a unique challenge to be found in composing backwards from a closing line. With that in mind, here are 21 totally original final story lines to pique your sense of creativity. Best of luck and let me know...

Worldbuilding Part I: The Five Levels of Reality

Worldbuilding Part I: The Five Levels of Reality
Worldbuilding: the concept of creating the universe in which your fictional characters live. For the avid writer, world building is an exhilarating process, filled with endless possibilities. Beginning worldbuilding is like being given a blank canvas; it is up to you the individual to create the masterpiece. The concept of worldbuilding is not one that...

Yelp Reviews From Famous Literary Characters

Yelp Reviews From Famous Literary Characters
Jean Valjean, Les Miserables: 19th Century France Penal System Half a Star 19 YEARS FOR A LOAF OF BREAD?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Horrible food, deplorable accommodations, dispassionate staff. Stay clear of guy named Javert, MAJOR power trip issues. HALF A STAR MORE THAN DESERVED!!!!! Winston Smith, 1984: The Government Five Stars WOW!!!!! FIVE STARS...