The Word

Looking to brush up your writing skills or learn a new trick or two? You've come to the right place!  

Check back weekly for helpful tips and articles that make your writing better. 


December 25, 2020

Welcome to the first of five articles about creating a narrative voice.

December 18, 2020

Protagonist vs. Antagonist

Every story needs a main cast, but which characters qualify? How do we know who is important and who plays a supporting role?  Let's talk about characters!

Stories have heroes. Stories also have villains.  Sometimes stories have neither. But that's a special case. Let's break things down first.

December 10, 2020

"Exposition" can be a scary word. In some writing circles, "experts" will warn you to exercise extreme caution when using it, or they'll make it out to be a difficult but necessary evil. But ultimately, exposition is just another writing tool, and it's used in all sorts of writing, even beyond fiction.

December 2, 2020

All good story beginnings should accomplish four things: Introduce the Character, Introduce the World, Introduce the Themes, and Introduce the Conflict.

Introduce the Character

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