A smarmy protagonist and an inconsistent tone undercuts Maximum Ride's hopes for a tense opening.
You asked me to critique The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, so here we are.
Writing fantasy battles can seem overwhelming when you’re first starting out.
Character arcs come in all shapes and sizes.
In my capacity as a content editor, I read a lot of manuscripts.
We get old school with a discussion of some ancient Greek tragedies.
Magic is cool, and weapons are cool.
Most principles of character likability work for a broad audience.
We all love Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Storytellers love character archetypes.
The definition of a hero changes over time.
Five stories that suffered from insufferable main characters.
What these stories lacked in consistency of plot, they made up for in consistency of quality.
Dark elements can help heighten drama, but if done poorly they'll just end up hollow.
If a story's central problem is weak or its focus meandering, boredom ensues.
Why many longer stories overstayed their welcome—and what you can do to avoid it.
New abilities can look cool and flashy, but add too many and the story gets boring fast.