Why Your Protagonist Might Not Always Be Your Hero

This week’s video uses the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty to help writers think outside the box when choosing protagonists. Video Transcript: We often use the word “protagonist” interchangeably with “hero” or “heroine.” And this tends to conjure images of ogre-slaying, cape-wearing, entirely-dazzling-why-can’t-I-look-that-good people. But this is a little misleading. Sometimes the requirements of certain plots are going to …

Are Your Bad Guys Dying in the Right Order? – K.M.Weiland

This week’s video talks about the proper sequencing for the defeat of your antagonists in your story’s climax. Video Transcript: When it comes to the climax, we’re always intent on giving readers the biggest bang for their buck, and that would seem to mean always saving the biggest explosion for last. But there’s actually another …

The Surprising Effect of Too Much Clarity in a Story

This week’s video warns against the temptation to eliminate all subtlety and ambiguity. Did you know that there’s such a thing as an author being too clear? Most of the time, we’re worrying our heads off to ensure our stories are clear enough. One of my first questions to beta readers and critique partners is always, “Were you …