Character Talk: The Foil and The Stock
The stock and the foil: These two characters will be the focus of this article. What is their purpose in the story? How can you develop a foil and choose an appropriate stock character for your story? All this, while we take a look at some of the most memorable characters from both these categories.
How to Write Unforgettable Antagonists
Ever get stuck writing a character? We bet you often do. Creating memorable characters is a challenging task for all writers and conjuring up memorable antagonists is perhaps the most difficult. We’ve already seen the types of characters common to all stories. In this article,…
Why some TV shows get aired and some don’t
We live in the golden age of TV. This decade has been hailed as “Peak TV” for television, as every show on air is a gripping spectacular, with viewers confused over what not to watch. There is new and exciting content across all genres. It…
Short stories: Do’s and don’ts
Where else does the phrase “Less is more” fit more perfectly than in relation to short stories? Well, hundreds of other contexts in the modern world, yes! But the origins of the phrase can be drawn back to the golden era (mid-nineteenth century until 1917)…
Editing and proofreading fiction vs. non-fiction: is there a difference?
We’ve spoken at great length about the different types of editing, the differences between editing and proofreading, as well as the importance of both. Now to tackle yet another difference, let us take a look at why editing non-fiction is very different from editing a work…
Errors of Terror – The Top 10 Peeves of an Editor
Which grammar ghosts scare your editor the most? The ones that come too often to be ignored – and go on to become an editor’s pet peeve. While they love their job on most days, on others, some mistakes force them to reconsider. If…
Breaking down the writer’s block
DISCLAIMER: This article isn’t about overcoming writer’s block, but about skipping it altogether and journeying to a promised land full of inspiration and words. Let it pass. I think it should be safe to assume that your brain is refusing to supply you with words…
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