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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Different may not be better

I’ve been actively writing since elementary school and telling stories long before that. I engage in many forms of storytelling using many different mediums. I’ve written lots of short stories, some published, some not. I study social sciences, humanities, critical reading and writing, and literature – by all means I should know how to create and weave a sound story. Continue reading

Good storytelling, a gateway to critical thinking

A good story can broaden our imaginations, our sense of wonder, and excitement. Storytelling is an excellent way to teach truths and encourage critical thinking and analysis that will remain with individuals far longer than what they learn in some classrooms.

Storytelling is a bridge between education and entertainment.

If I handed you a college textbook about military leadership and strategy, chances are you wouldn’t be too excited about it.

On the other hand if I gave you Ender’s Game, a marvelous Sci-Fi novel, filled with page-turning battles, compelling characters, and a message of tolerance, love, and understanding, you may be inclined to read. Then you may be surprised to know Ender’s Game is recommended reading for members of the U.S. Marine Corps precisely for the military leadership and strategy contained in its pages.

Good storytelling lets you take something from “boring” to “compelling.” Continue reading

PitMad, a Twitter pitch event for writers

Time to get ready for the upcoming Twitter pitch contest on September 9th, 2014, #PitMad!

#PitMad is where unpublished and unagented writers condense their novel into 140 characters (including hashtags, so really 120ish characters) and tweet their pitches from 8AM EST to 8PM EST. (Consensus for how often you should tweet is twice per hour.)

If an agent or publisher wants you to submit they will favorite your tweet.

If you want to show support to your friends on Twitter or just any good pitches simply retweet that pitch. Continue reading

Character Development : Original Thoughts

Let’s start with a thought experiment: Tony and Katie are having a conversation about politics and Tony says something about how to run a government. Katie responds negatively, “That’s pretty dumb” and attempts to break down what Tony said.

Tony tries to backtrack and says, “Yeah, I don’t really agree with it either. So-and-so said it.” Tony hasn’t demonstrated his own voice.

Often people will share an idea (that someone else said) and they think is good, only to quickly detach from it when others dislike it. What does that say about the individual? Continue reading

Believability and Consistency

One of the most basic things you’ll learn in philosophy/logic will be something called conditionals. There are three different kinds of conditionals but for the sake of this post I will only address one: the strict conditional.

A strict conditional means it must be true in every possible world, it necessarily must be, or is always the case. 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