Writing Prompt: Dilemma

Your main character is faced with a dilemma: betray a confidence and perhaps lose a friend or stand by and wait for a friend to make what s/he believes is a horrible mistake. What does your character do? What is his or her thought process to make the decision? What scenarios does she or he…

Writing Prompt: April Fools

It’s that time of year again, and your character wishes to pull a prank. What sort of prank will s/he play? Is it simply an act of fun in the spirit of things — or does s/he harbor darker motives? How long has this “prank” been planned? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or…

Writing Prompt: Gender Rolls

What if your main character awoke one morning the opposite gender? What would change? Would anything necessarily need to? What about personality traits? Would other characters now view the character differently for the same traits? What’s that say about how we write and about our society? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign…

Eight movies that prove the ‘gender bending made you a killer’ shtick is played out

Hollywood has used the old “your-mom-made-you-crazy-by-making-you-the-wrong- gender” gimmick so many times it’s trite. Gender nonconformity makes you neither crazed nor a killer, and the multiple- and still-used troupe that it does is pernicious and just … dumb. Here’s proof: Psycho (1960) It’s your mom’s fault. Everything is your mom’s fault. Okay, it was 1960, and it…

So who is your character again?

As writers, we’re often told, “write what you know.” But what do we really know. If I know a single mom, are all single moms like her? Of course not. Many factors make us who we are, and as we write characters, we need to think about the myriad factors that make characters who they…