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...
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...