THE EGGSHELL HERO – How to build a story upon a dramatic character arc

All good stories must have a plot -- a sequence of events that is logical, inevitable, and relentlessly propells the story (and reader) forward. Mostly, the plot is external action. But sometimes—and literary writers will nod vigurously here—the plot is internal, and barely accompanied by grand outward action. Instead, it's made of incremental revelations, decisions, and reflections, all …

Past Tense vs. Present Tense Madness – And OMG I think I’m gonna write in Future Past Perfect Historical (Mandarin)

What is it with writers and tenses? There always seems to be some sort of debate or another about whether the good ol' past tense is still THE SHIT, or whether present tense is gaining up on it on merit. You know, some people hate present tense in novels. Like really, passionately, fervently hate it. While …

How Conspiracy Theories Work

I must admit I find conspiracy theories fascinating. They are usually good examples of a lot of psychological aspects that I'm interested in, like obsession, selective reasoning, paranoia, determination to reveal the "truth" which always carries either a savior component, or megalomania. Not to mention they cover the entire cognitive dissonance spectrum. *oh goodie* While …