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Why do antagonists antagonise?

There’s a reason why each and every one of my characters do the things they do. I’m not a fan of characters who are evil (or good) for the sake of being evil. It rings hollow to me in so many ways. My antagonists do bad th...

Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right: What to Do When You’re Stuck in the Middle of Your Novel

[Call for Entries: The Short Short Story Competition] It’s officially the middle of NaNoWriMo, which means that if you’re on pace, you’re in the middle of your novel. At this point, it’s easy to get stuck writing, but these strategi...

Just Do It: How Teaching Myself is Opening Doors

No, this is not a campaign for Nike, but I hope it does motivate you to get off the couch and do something. Chances are, if you’re a 22-year-old like me, you don’t really know what you’re doing. You’re feeling your way around this t...

What to Do Now So You’re Not Broke in the Future

Whether you want to go to college, buy a new car or get a mortgage, you need some dinero. A lot of students believe that solely getting a job will help you achieve these goals, but a job is only part of the financial success equation. As a ...

Bygones

Today we have a recommendation for a useful website from WF member Dave Smith. And a little historical perspective. Bygones By Dave Smith The Saturday Evening Post, a magazine that in its heyday towered by size over others in the rack and o...

10 Soft Skills You Should Have by Graduation (and How to Master Them)

Most employers are looking for more than just a degree and some retail experience when they set out to hire new grads. In fact, many of them are looking for these soft skills with new job postings. 1. Naturally Curious and Adaptable Employe...

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US courts, trials, and the insanity please.

It wasn’t a police officer, but the trial of George Zimmerman in Florida is a good example of a “high profile” murder trial, and you should assume that any trial for the murder of a police officer would be “high prof...

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Developing Military Characters in Literary Fiction

(~8 Minute Read) Writers, whether for scripts or other fiction, make a lot of mistakes with depicting military members. Sometimes to the point that it gets so obnoxiously cliché or romanticized that it is hard to watch or read. We’ve all...

Fridays With Dale: Promises

  Promises By Dale Angel                                                      My body is self-destructing with my knowledge, but without my consent. These pills I do battle with every tim...

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Faking the Final Girl in Riley Sager’s Final Girls

(~10 Minute Read) In the conservative nature of horror film and literature, audiences have come to know and expect certain tropes to appear consistently to fulfill their pleasure in those entertainment mediums. This is most especially true ...

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