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Next time you're in the theater watching the latest superhero movie, wait until you reach the pivotal fight scene-the big show down. The one with the highest stakes. The fight that the whole movie has built up to-and then glance around at your fellow movie-goers. Chances are, they're all looking at their phones.

World building is my favorite part of fantasy, both in reading it and writing it. This can be a bit of a drag when reading because so many authors seem to gloss over this critical aspect of the genre and it ends up leaving glaringly large plot holes, inconsistencies, and nonsensical events that I just can't get over. For me,...

The Hero's Journey is a tried-and-true storytelling structure that came to be after a man named Joseph Cambell spent a great deal of time analyzing the stories of ancient mythology-or, beloved stories that had stood the test of time. He found twelve key stages which fit within a standard 3-act storytelling structure when, if followed and executed...

There has been a lot (a lot.) (A lot.) of buzz about E.L. James' 50 Shades of Grey, but it routinely gets horrible literary reviews. How did this almost universally-acknowledged poorly-written book reach such superstar status, and, most importantly, how can we as writers learn those lessons and improve our own craft? I'm not talking about a...