The Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Transgender or Non-Binary Character

Terms to Know Trans: an inclusive term that includes all who are transgender, non-binary, or otherwise gender-nonconforming Cis/Cisgender: someone who is not trans AMAB: Assigned male at birth – someone who was marked as male on their original birth certificate AFAB: Assigned female at birth – someone who was marked as female on their original … More The Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Transgender or Non-Binary Character

Self Damnation: The Top 7 Things that Make a Reader Hate your Protagonist

Warnings: talk about racism, homophobia, sexism, slurs, abuse, and rape. 1. They’re too perfect A good example for this would actually be Superman. This might be surprising, given that he is, by and large, well liked, or he certainly seems to be. However, in my many discussions with fellow comic book fans, he tends to … More Self Damnation: The Top 7 Things that Make a Reader Hate your Protagonist

Don’t Say Said: The Five Stupidest Bits of Advice People Give Writers

Writers and artists, it seems, receive more outside advice on their craft than any other sort. From suggestions on ideas for a story to tiny things they liked or didn’t like in our last works, people are more willing to give their two cents to us than to a street beggar. Some of it is … More Don’t Say Said: The Five Stupidest Bits of Advice People Give Writers

Classy Casual: How to Keep Your Writing from Sounding Too Formal

When we are in school, we are taught how to write reports and business letters, what words to avoid to keep emotion out of our work, and how to make what we want to say as clear as possible in the shortest sentences we can. When it comes to fiction writing, almost all of these … More Classy Casual: How to Keep Your Writing from Sounding Too Formal