Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 1: 3 Ways to Write Children’s Stories that Will Reach for the Sky

This is the first installment of a series analyzing the humor, heart, and zany plots of various Pixar films. The focus is on applying these principles to children’s stories, however, writers of all genres can benefit from Pixar’s literary genius, so I highly encourage you to have a seat and prepare to write like the … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 1: 3 Ways to Write Children’s Stories that Will Reach for the Sky

4 Reasons Writing a Silly Story is Okay (and Even Beneficial)

Have you ever read a silly story? Wait, let me rephrase that: Have you ever written a silly story? One that’s so completely ridiculous it makes you question your sanity (as if an author’s sanity isn’t questionable anyway)? Has that craziness ever spilled onto several pages? I’m not just talking about those cringe-worthy stories you … Continue reading 4 Reasons Writing a Silly Story is Okay (and Even Beneficial)

6 Presents Writers Can Give During the Christmas Season

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I finished mine last Christmas when all the stuff was on sale—that way I can give my friends inexpensive expensive presents. The only problem is that it was so long ago that I can’t remember where I stashed the presents... I don’t know what to do—Christmas is only … Continue reading 6 Presents Writers Can Give During the Christmas Season

4 Ways to Add Color to Black & White Sentences

Don’t you just love bright, bold colors? You don’t? Well, then I pity your eyesight, because color is a necessary part of writing. Yes, you read that right—I said writing. A black and white sketch can be beautiful, but black and white writing is as bland as bread and water. And who wants to eat … Continue reading 4 Ways to Add Color to Black & White Sentences

4 Ways Writing Nonfiction Benefits Fiction Writers

What? I’m a mind reader and that was just me paraphrasing your thoughts. You probably think fiction and nonfiction are on opposite sides of the equator—and I would say you are absolutely correct. They each have different sets of rules, audiences, and goals. One is entertaining and the other informative. One keeps us on the … Continue reading 4 Ways Writing Nonfiction Benefits Fiction Writers

4 Methods That Help Writers Perfect Their Character’s Lie

Recently, my boss lady rewrote her book, even though she’d rewritten it five times already—but this time was a bit different. The other rewrites included adding scenes, deleting scenes, and polishing sentences until they were so shiny she needed to wear sunglasses to keep from going blind. But that wasn’t enough. Dazzling sentences only made … Continue reading 4 Methods That Help Writers Perfect Their Character’s Lie

5 Ways Jurassic Park Teaches Writers to Create Heart-Pounding Action

Most people watch movies. I don’t watch movies; I ingest them, then my boss lady dissects them until there’s nothing left but a jumbled mess of arcs, themes, plot holes, and characters who should’ve been fleshed out more. It can be a little gruesome at times, but overall it’s an educating experience. Our most recent … Continue reading 5 Ways Jurassic Park Teaches Writers to Create Heart-Pounding Action

3 Types of Baggage You Need to Eliminate in Your Writing

Do you like flying on airplanes? I don’t. The heights make my stomach churn and my skin turn greener. The worst part is that ominous feeling of going bankrupt because I know that every extra sentence I pack is going to cost me ten bookmarks (that’s like ten dollars in human terms). You humans may … Continue reading 3 Types of Baggage You Need to Eliminate in Your Writing