Solving the Character Arc

I love to deconstruct story (fiction and film) to figure out how to deliberately incorporate the important elements that make a story “work.” Here’s a straightforward method to create a powerful character arc. Despite popular opinion that the character arc is a...

I Want to Be a Writer!

The story goes that back in the day Winston Churchill gave this commencement speech. In its entirety: NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP.   This is apocryphal, by the way, but it’s still expresses a true sentiment. At social gatherings...

Lester Dent’s “Master Fiction Formula”

Lester Dent is famous in some writing circles for his output: about 175 novels in 16 years. He was born in 1904 and  started work in the 20s as a telegraph operator — until a friend of his published a story in a pulp magazine and  earned an enormous sum....