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  • Writing Lessons from Back to the Future

    Writing Lessons from Back to the Future

    Is Back to the Future better than Star Wars? I think it might be. I mean, I’m a massive Star Wars fan. Huge. But Back to the Future has a little more heart, I think. It has a tighter story, too and, quite frankly, I think it’s better written. Which is where this post comes…

  • Writing Lessons from Frozen

    Writing Lessons from Frozen

    Everyone went nuts for Frozen. I was a little underwhelmed. Perhaps there was too much hype. Perhaps nothing can compare in my mind to The Lion King. But you can’t deny that Frozen struck a chord, which makes it worth a look to see if there’s any writing advice inside. Wrap up warm, spoiler storms…

  • Writing Lessons from Daredevil

    Writing Lessons from Daredevil

    I was burnt twice by the Daredevil film. I watched the theatrical cut and hated it. Then, a few years later, I kept hearing the director’s cut was so much better. So I bought a copy. And hated that too. So I was understandably reticent to watch the new Daredevil series on Netflix. But it’s…

  • Writing Lessons from Big Hero 6

    Writing Lessons from Big Hero 6

    This isn’t a review, but I’ll just say this: Big Hero 6 is awesome. Seriously, if you like animation, go see it. It’s better than Frozen. Yeah. I said it. You should also see it because, like all these Writing Lessons posts, there be spoilers ahead, matey. Flesh Out Secondary Characters My one gripe about…

  • Writing Lessons from The Fey Man

    Writing Lessons from The Fey Man

    They say that there’s no better way to learn writing than by writing. Which is certainly true. After all, you can’t find any bad habits, see any common flaws, or make any mistakes by not doing anything. And, although The Fey Man is the fourth novel I’ve written (but the only one to be published)…

  • Writing Lessons from Battlestar Galactica

    Writing Lessons from Battlestar Galactica

    Battlestar Galactica finished in 2009 so, of course, I only just finished watching it myself. It garnered plenty of criticism and praise and I myself enjoyed it immensely. I thought it was quite a brave series and quite a thoughtful one, with plenty of explosions whenever it got too thoughtful. Was it perfect? No, sometimes…

  • Writing Lessons from the Great British Bake Off

    Writing Lessons from the Great British Bake Off

    The great lie of Reality TV is in the name. Yes, real people said those words. But, of course, real actors say their lines when performing for a TV drama. Those lines and performances are stitched together into a narrative by editors. And the same is true of reality TV; its narrative is constructed with…

  • Writing Lessons from Short Stories

    Writing Lessons from Short Stories

    Anyone who has met me or frequented this site has probably guessed that brevity is not my greatest strength. I have a habit of over-thinking things, which means I like to dig down deep into ideas and places and people, clawing beyond the foundations into the bitter, dark, twisted, glowing dirt in the underbelly of…

  • Writing Lessons from Calvin & Hobbes

    Writing Lessons from Calvin & Hobbes

    I love Calvin & Hobbes. I was introduced to it at, I believe, the age of 11. Up until that point I’d read strips like Garfield and, to a lesser extent, Peanuts. Calvin & Hobbes was a revelation. Funny and thoughtful and with a beauty that never faded over time, it stands as one of…

  • Writing Lessons from Empire Strikes Back

    Writing Lessons from Empire Strikes Back

    I loved Empire Strikes Back as a kid so much that I wore out the tape. Don’t get me wrong, I love all three films of the original trilogy, but ESB always had a special place in my heart. Sadly my wife is a philistine who prefers Revenge of the Sith so I don’t get…