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The “but/therefore” rule

Each scene shold connect to the next with “but” or “therefore”, not “and then”. But/therefore indicates a strong chain of cause-and-effect/action-and-consequence; and-then’s indicate a series of loo...

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March 2018 Short Story Contest

It’s all different today. Sideways. Like two space ships from different sides of the galaxy meeting each other out in space. Except one of the ships is sideways’n crap, while the other’s upside down. You know? Anyway, I ch...

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One of my MC’s is a mean girl. Bad idea?

Hving a mean girl as a main character is not necessarily a bad thing, specially considering you want her to get a redemption arc. Maybe you should consider that most real life mean girls, won’t bully you just for the sake of it. Based...

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The Road Leading back to Rome

And now 25K words, 100 pages. Reintroduced a minor villain from E&D, the Parthian envoy to China Mithridates. He will become a VERY important person in LBTR. And in preparing an intel brief for the Parthian king (his brother Osroe) he t...

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It’s A Trap!

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In what ways do restaurants keep records of their customers?

So, the central plot of my story revolves around two characters with special powers, one who’s a serial killer murdering people for initially unknown reasons, and the protagonist, who’s trying to catch and stop him because he kn...

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What do you do with group characters who aren’t very involved in a specific scene?

First off, you might want to look at the plot as a whole and make sure characters can’t be completely cut or merged together. Second, you can examine the specific scene in question and try changing it to make the less involved charact...

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Being bold

A while ago, there was a creepy writer here. His MC was a woman, and he wrote about her sex life in a very detailed, gross, unrealistic, fetishistic way. He had both a real-life workshop group and an online workshop group. They both told hi...

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Why Do You Write?

Hulls Raven said: Why Do You Write?​ What compells you to write? Why do you write? What makes you write what you write? What Made you decide you liked to write? What Do You Write? Click to expand… Writing is one...

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Bullies

To the woman who shouted from her car passing by with her window rolled down, I would ask her why and how much and what they told her that I was or what I may had done. I’d wonder if they told her what she was to yell only after she w...

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