Writing and Fantasy

  • Your Most Hated Tropes Explained: Instalove

    February 23, 2020 by

    Every once in awhile a poll comes around on book and writers groups. “What trope do you hate the most?” the poll will inevitably ask. The responses are varied, although there are a few that are nearly universally reviled. This made me wonder — if these tropes are so hated, why do they keep appearing… Read more

  • The Spine of the Story

    February 20, 2020 by

    For me, one of the key concepts of writing is the spine of the story: what the story is about, or the theme, if you’re an English major. William Goldman the author of The Princess Bride, named the concept in Adventures in the Screen Trade and Which Lie Did I Tell? He was referring to… Read more

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