Writing

Lessons From the Bad Writing of Battlefield Earth

I’m about to open Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000, published in 1982. It’s by Ron L Hubbard, the guy who founded Scientology. On the cover, a muscled barbarian dude simultaneously fires two laser guns to either side, while he willfully looks at … read more »

A Writer’s Guide to Crafting True Macaroni Art

Not just anyone can take up the noodle and produce art worthy of recognition. If you wish to be a genuine macaroni artist, you must live by these immutable laws of creative mastery. To do otherwise is to allow the craft to be infiltrated by … read more »

Renovate Your Sentences With Active Phrasing

Many writers weaken the exciting moments of their work with phrasing that resembles dry rambling. If that includes you, what you need is active phrasing. It makes prose tighter and more powerful, and it’s essential for fast-paced scenes. Follow these guidelines to make your sentences … read more »

The Why & How of Second Person

Second person point of view has a bad reputation. For some reason, using “you” as the personal pronoun in a narrative (as opposed to “I” or “he/she/they” in first and third person) is an underutilized form that is looked down upon. Critics say the protagonist … read more »

Forty Four Words to Seek and Destroy

Words are the buildings blocks of prose, but not all of them are load-bearing. Some words clutter the page and make our writing sound wishy-washy, dry, or awkward. To strengthen your work, search for these 44 suspects and ask yourself: are they doing more harm … read more »

Troubleshooting When You’re Stuck

At some point, writers must face hurdles that prevent them from working. Frustratingly, these barriers can appear at random, even for storytellers with a long history of productivity. But that doesn’t mean you can’t troubleshoot and resolve these problems. Read more »

53 – Of Points and Views

The Mythcreant Podcast

Ariel joins Chris and Oren for a discussion about perspective and point of view. They discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives and common mistakes writers make. Ariel stands up for second person, while Chris and Oren reignite their old debate about multiple points … read more »

Lessons From the Terrible Writing of Eragon

I’ve never read Christopher Paolini’s Eragon before now, but I’ve heard it compared to both Star Wars and Harry Potter. I know I can expect a young male chosen one and (obviously) the dragon on the cover. Perhaps a dragon named Eragon, as that’s just … read more »

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