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Why Do Tropes Matter?

Why Do Tropes Matter?

Bookworms know what I'm talking about. We love the tropes—enemies to lovers, found family, the Chosen One, and many more. There are so many that I could do one blog a week on each trope and I wouldn't run out of content for years! But as writers, we have to ask...

Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian Fiction

The Hunger Games. The 100. Divergent. The Maze Runner. The Handmaid's Tale. Oblivion. All of these titles have something in common: they're all dystopian fiction. This genre has become increasingly popular in recent years with movie and TV adaptations of fan...

You are Enough.

You are Enough.

You are enough.  Has anyone ever told you that?  I’ve heard this phrase many times since moving to Ohio. The first time I heard it was from a kind woman who prayed for me, telling me that the phrase was something she heard God say to me. It meant a lot to me...

Tricks of Storytelling

Tricks of Storytelling

As stated in a number of places on my website, everyone has a story to share. We love to share stories for a number of reasons—a sense of community, the joy of laughter, raising awareness. But most of all, we share stories to teach lessons. I think we can all agree...

Flash Fiction!

Flash Fiction!

Hello, writers! Today is special—it's exactly a week before the deadline of the Back to Life Flash Fiction Contest! For today's blog, I'm going to discuss the meaning and uses of flash fiction. I'll include the contest details at the end, along with some helpful...

Using Poetry

Using Poetry

Hello, friends! Welcome back. Today continues our discussion of poetry as a writing device. Last week we discussed how poetry is useful for the writer. There are several reasons, not the least of which is that poetry is simply beautiful. But the main reason is that...

Poetry

Poetry

Hello, friends! Today I'm taking a break from my usual discussion of tropes to talk about another favorite element of storytelling: poetry. We've all seen this—in fact, some may argue that poetry is overused (looking at you, poeticized prophecy). While I can agree to...

Resurrection

Resurrection

Continued from last week's Back to Life blog, today we're going to look at the Back to Life trope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. After all, Jesus' return from the grave is arguably the most famous resurrection in all of history. It's the "reason for the season"...

Back to Life

Back to Life

Writers always face the enormous problem of peer pressure (or is it fan pressure?) to bring back characters they’ve killed. We love to make our readers and viewers happy, so the Back to Life trope has become an art form among writers of all kinds.