December, 2016

Meta

Top Ten Posts of 2016

2016

We’re finally at a welcome end to 2016. While this year was full of discouraging news on the social justice front, our social justice posts were incredibly popular. Here’s the cream of the crop for you to enjoy. Read more »

Storytelling

Depicting Child Characters

Lewis Carroll wrote about a child protagonist, but used an authoritative omniscient voice.

Portraying child characters can be one of the biggest challenges of storytelling. Even though many of us are around children regularly, kids vary so much by age, development rate, and individual experience that it can be easy to pigeonhole them or simply get them wrong. … read more »

Analysis

Five Failed Animal Companions

The Ferengi are really wondering why Archer has a dog on this ship.

Animal companions come in all shapes and sizes, but they do share similar characteristics. First, they’re all animals of some kind, though not always animals we’d recognize. Second, they exist primarily to support another character and rarely have an arc of their own. Third, they rarely … read more »

Writing

Mastering Evocative Telling

close up of an ent

The old adage “show; don’t tell” is great advice for new writers. But with practice, writers can master many creative techniques that depart from standard showing. Evocative telling is one of those techniques, and it can add a lot to a story. Read more »