Classic Being a Better Writer: Foes

It’s time for another Classic Being a Better Writer post! New? Just arrived here from Google? Or maybe Bing? Nervously moving your cursor toward the back button and wondering whether or not you found the right place? Well, if you’re looking for good books to read or—in this posts’ case—advice on how to write them, you’re in … Continue reading Classic Being a Better Writer: Foes

Being a Better Writer: Ending Type Variety and Planning Ahead

I apologize for the lateness of this post. Despite not having work at my part-time due to a knee injury yesterday, this post ended up so long (my longest yet) that it wasn’t done in time to post. Man, it feels like I’ve been writing about endings a lot lately, at least to me personally. Maybe that’s … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: Ending Type Variety and Planning Ahead

Op-Ed – Fixing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Sometimes those of you who peruse this site may find it easy to forget that I’m actually quite the gamer. No no, it’s true. I’ve got a game list longer than my arm (and most other arms for that matter) and a backlog that would give an accountant fits. I like video games. Multiple genres, multiple … Continue reading Op-Ed – Fixing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Being a Better Writer: What Makes a Protagonist?

All right. So, yesterday’s incarnation of this post, to what is now great irony, started with a worried critique of WordPress’ freshly rolled out posting interface. To be specific, it critiqued the poor interface design, but also noted with a faint hint of worry that something so new was bound to have some surprises of … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: What Makes a Protagonist?

Being a Better Writer: Avoiding a Sagging Middle

All right! And we’re back with today’s follow-up to one of our more recent posts! Remember? The one about health? Okay, I’m actually joking. This isn’t a post about that. But it was too good an opportunity a joke to pass up. Sagging middle … anyway … No, today is another topic by request, but it’s … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: Avoiding a Sagging Middle

Being a Better Writer: Writing Warfare

Welcome back, readers (and by extension, writers). It’s time for another Being a Better Writer post. The topic for this week? It’s another request, and an interesting, if complex, one. Today, we’re going to discuss how to write a scene of warfare. Not a shoot-out, or a simple fight, but a full-on war. Alright, let me clarify. … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: Writing Warfare

Being a Better Writer: Mysteries

I think it was inevitable that this post was going to happen sooner or later. I’ve not written too much about genre thus far on BaBW. It just … hasn’t happened. I’ve written about other, closely critical elements of story, such as pacing, stingers, hard and soft openings, or what drives a story forward, but to date I’ve … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: Mysteries

Being a Better Writer: Killing Characters

This post was originally written and posted February 23rd, 2015, and has been touched up and reposted here for archival purposes. Woo boy, this topic has been a while in coming. I mean a while, I had this written down on the second list of topics I put together. Seeing as it’s one of the … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: Killing Characters

Being a Better Writer: Worldbuilding Names

This post was originally written and posted January 26th, 2015, and has been touched up and reposted here for archival purposes. And so, with the death of the king, the land fell into darkness. Bereft of the powers of light carried by his crown, evil filled the kingdom, spreading suffering and death in its wake. … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: Worldbuilding Names

Being a Better Writer: Likable Unlikable Characters

Welcome back to another Being a Better Writer post! I’ve got a lot to do today (tax season) so I’m diving right into this one as quickly as possible. Today’s topic comes from the request post I made several months ago (which I’ve been slowly digging through ever since), but it’s a topic that I’ve … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: Likable Unlikable Characters