You can have an opinion, but not if it’s wrong.

In an attempt to appease others by being politically correct or to justify something wrong as something right, fact or truth is changed to opinion and vice-versa

An opinion, defined by dictionary.com, is: “a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty” or “a personal view, attitude, or appraisal”.

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Why I say, “Merry Christmas”

Political correctness should be used to avoid racial slurs and stereotypes, but now it seems to only be preached to stop someone from being offended by another’s viewpoint or belief in order to satisfy an askew perception of tolerance.

Society also preaches the importance of becoming cultured, establishing peace and understanding between social groups with differing traditions and customs, but what political correctness has become is in direct conflict with becoming cultured. Continue reading

The Perfect Hero

I wanted to address this in my “How to Create a Character” post, but it really deserved its own article.

Everyone and their mother, me included, will tell you to put flaws into your characters, especially your protagonists. Why is that? Is there any good reason other than making them relatable? Do we just assume that’s the only way to make them relatable? I think so, yes. I think most people don’t know how to write the perfect hero while keeping them interesting. We back down and go with what we know because it’s safe. Boring! Continue reading

Readers Hating Other Readers

Hit the nail right on the head. I wholeheartedly agree with this post.

By choosing to focus on what’s good and by loving one another, negativity and hate must consequently lessen more and more.

Shannon A Thompson

We live in an era of hate. Instead of praising our favorite singers, we are tearing down one that doesn’t even matter to us. Instead of leaving a 5-star review on one of our favorite books, we are leaving a 1-star review on the recently highlighted one. Instead of looking up neat dance videos, we are watching a series of YouTube flicks of people falling down during their wedding day. For every person who loves something, there are ten people who are trying to tear it down just for fun.

At some point, it became “cool” to “hate” on whatever is out there – generally the latest, most popular-selling item. I could write about all kinds of hate in our culture, but I would rather focus on the “hating” that is happening between readers. I want to clarify that I realize most people do not participate in this hating. It’s often…

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Maintaining and Understanding Relationships

This post is a bit different than the others I’ve done so far, because this is applicable to everyone and not just writers and storytellers. I’ll show at the end how a writer can integrate this into their creations.

As this is a broad subject, my focus is romantic relationships and how they can affect relationships with others.

Many will say a romantic relationship should be 50/50. Let me explain how this fails before we get to the meat of the post. Continue reading