Writing Crime: It’s all In The Details

Writing Crime: It’s all In The Details

The crime genre unites the tragic and the absurd like little else. Before focusing on fictional mayhem, I was a crime journalist for 10 years. I covered a rail-riding serial killer who clubbed people to death in three states, a bank robber unfortunate to have the dye...
Screenwriting Role Models: Leigh Brackett

Screenwriting Role Models: Leigh Brackett

In the normally male-dominated world of screenwriting, Leigh Brackett distinguished herself as a versatile talent who worked on some of the biggest films of all time, including The Empire Strikes Back. Brackett grew up in California and was always interested in...
How to Write Realistic Character Flaws

How to Write Realistic Character Flaws

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde Let’s just say it: Redemption stories are awesome! They’re relatable, they can be set anywhere and filmed on a variety of budgets, and they can provide audiences with a satisfying amount...
Writing For Ensemble Casts

Writing For Ensemble Casts

Writing a story with an ensemble cast is like serving a pie with equal slices. You might start with an idea delicious enough for five or more characters, but if you don’t balance them just right during the writing process, one or two of the characters will draw your...
Writing Three-Dimensional Villains

Writing Three-Dimensional Villains

Actor Ben Mendelsohn has been getting his share of acclaim for his portrayal of Rogue One’s main villain: Imperial Officer Orson Krennic. No doubt, it’s a wonderful performance, but credit should also be given to the writers for creating a three-dimensional villain...