Likeable Side Characters?

Marie, here. I was recently having a conversation with an author friend about characters that are considered allies to the protagonist, good guys so to speak, and how they don’t have to be friends with the male or female lead. All good guys can’t be good, right? We all love a morally gray character hereContinue reading “Likeable Side Characters?”

Silly Writing

Marie, here. I’m sure everyone has seen something online about how horrible men write women. We may have even mentioned it before. One of Gideon and mine’s favorite things to share with each other are sites or videos that feature examples of this kind of hilarious writing. We honestly find it pretty funny. Even womenContinue reading “Silly Writing”

Fiction Reflecting Real Life

Sometimes, when we talk about fiction reflecting the world we actually live in, we refer to the characters. We show a character in a comic who is terrified when a villain shows up. Maybe that movie superhero freezes instead of stepping up to save the day. Maybe a mother yells at her kid instead ofContinue reading “Fiction Reflecting Real Life”

Influencing Readers

Marie here. We often write blog posts here about things we do or don’t want to see in the media. We discuss topics that may or may not be controversial that we read, hear about, or see through various means like television, movies, radio, and books. There is a very good reason for this. AsContinue reading “Influencing Readers”

Body Language

Marie here. Recently I have been reading web comics obsessively. As in, being distracted from my own writing and reading of novels, obsessively. As a lover of art, I spend hours finding new stories on certain sites that catch my eye with their unique style. The art might draw me in, but the story isContinue reading “Body Language”

What Makes a Short Story?

Hello, readers and writers. Tis I, Marie, your friendly neighborhood beta reader/content editor. I wear many hats, but today I am stepping into my role as beta reader to give my fellow novice writers a few tips on writing short stories. As a reader of many genres for many decades, I can safely say thatContinue reading “What Makes a Short Story?”

Writing Believable Women in Fiction

Aurora here.     Many times, men approach me and insist, “I just don’t know how to write women.” I can’t help but wonder why. Surely they know some and associate with them on a relatively regular basis. Is there a certain way they think all women are supposed to behave? If so, that just confusesContinue reading “Writing Believable Women in Fiction”

When the Water is Flowing, Get Out Your Boat

Marie here. I recently began writing again after months of merely doing some edits on older works or attempting to wrap up unfinished projects and failing. You know how it is: you get the idea that you can sit and write but once you are there with that notebook and pen or blank screen inContinue reading “When the Water is Flowing, Get Out Your Boat”

The Basics, Basically

Marie here. How many times have you read a book that spent so much time on flowery prose or psychological musings that the plot was lost? I have read a few myself. It’s like those people, you know the ones, who spend so much time trying to impress you with their extensive vocabulary but aren’tContinue reading “The Basics, Basically”