I recently studied a Jason Bourne fight scene in The Bourne Identity to learn all I could about writing a good fight.
I had to begin not with a fully outlined plot, but with a fully-fleshed person.
Have you received feedback saying that your characters feel manipulated by the author? If so, you might have a broken causal chain.
Create a sense of the inevitable.
Photo by Ali Arif Soydaş on Unsplash Writing the other is an inherently political act, especially when the dominant culture wants to turn the other into a “them.” An “us” is a person of dignity with whom we can empathize and recognize as a human being. An “us” is someone we can relate to and …
The inherent rule behind storytelling is to be found in dialectics.
Are you writing adventure fiction? Samuel Delany has suggestions on how to writer more credible main characters.
Ever since I became serious as a freelance editor/proofreader and a participant on Critters.org, the oldest online writer's critique group, I have encountered the same weakness in fiction over and over again. Partly, I think this is because people send early drafts to critiques and forego revision until they receive their first round of feedback. …