Inspiration from Current Science

When people think about science and writing together, it’s assumed this means sci-fi. While this genre is a land of wonder for lovers of fiction, this isn’t the only way the fields of science can fuel creative writers. There...

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Make a Symbol Personal

Sometimes a symbolic element has a special, specific meaning to a single person. This can be very useful as an insight into a mysterious character, or to create some dramatic irony within a tangled plot. Even when the symbol’s...

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Writing Culture with Symbolism

Symbols have to be a little bit different in order to be established as cultural. Having a long lived memory in people's minds is one thing, but the symbols of a culture have everything to do with how they...

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Cooking in Fiction

The culture of food lovers is unique and beautiful, full of traditional skills, cutting-edge innovations, and members of all levels of experience. It’s a great thing to give a character a passion, especially when fiction is character-driven. This can...

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Better Fiction through Food

Do the characters in this story ever eat? If so, why do they eat what they do? Some of the visceral aspects of life, such as the necessity of eating, are the simplest and most effective ways to show...

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Writing a Mentor Character

Some characters need special skills, and those special skills come from a master in the field! While a mentor isn’t biological family, the figure of the mentor in fiction is often a more effective parental figure than the parents....

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Writing Sibling Relationships

Siblings are a mixed blessing to each other. When a family is young with lots of little kids, the more there are the less order reigns in the home. When the family gets older, siblings can become the best...

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Parents: A Character’s Foundation

Background information on a character is a priceless resource for conflict and depth. A character's parents, whether they appear in the book or not, are a foundational point for a writer to address if only to themselves. The image...

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Character: Which Side Are They On?

All characters have a role to play in a story, and the best stories are driven by the growth and choices of their characters. So what happens to a story when the characters aren't all definitively "good" or "bad"?   Studio...

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Character: Superheroes in Media Today

With this massive wave of superhero fandom and publicity spreading into the realm of TV for good now, it's important to recognize that these heroes are not the characters they once were. For some context, look back to the origin...

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