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...
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...
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...
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...