Category Creative Writing

Procrastinators Are Just Perfectionists Paralyzed by Fear

My muse is a bit of a bitch. Oftentimes when I’m away from my computer I’ll be struck by a thought–a simple line of dialogue or a facial expression or a freeze frame as though from a movie–and find myself fumbling over my phone trying to capture it. And many times I capture it exactly as […]

Garden Gnomes: Creating a Race for D&D Pathfinder

My first time playing Pathfinder I created a typical human fighter, you know the kind: the battle-worn, slow but tough warrior with a greatsword. He was as cliche and uninteresting as a monk without a name. But as I grew more comfortable with the game’s mechanics and my fighter died because I picked out terrible equipment for him (not […]

Your Protagonist is Perfect and You Should Feel Bad

I recall as a young writer the greatest and, at times, only flaw in my protagonists was in their lack of flaws. Just as readers and viewers tire of 2-dimensional villains, so do they bore of porcelain-faced protagonists, especially those seemingly unaware of their perfections. Why Do We Make Our Characters Flawed? As writers, we dwell in the fantastical […]

villains love money and power, right?

“I’m Evil for Power and Money,” said Every Villain Ever

As comic book movies dominate the film industry and television networks continue regurgitating the same maniacal CSI franchises and Gossip Bitch dramas, it’s hard to see such a vast array of villains who are so much alike. Why are we so afraid of making villains likeable–isn’t that how most villainous tycoons get to be successful in all […]

Sandra Steingraber

Interviewing Sandra Steingraber for Blindfold Magazine

More than 40 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. It’s a horrifying statistic, but what’s more terrible is that we’re not really sure why cancer has such a high prevalence. There’s genetic disposition, of course, and chance, but that can’t account for every instance. Sandra Steingraber, an ecologist […]

The Greatest Advice a Writer Ever Gave Me

I had a screenwriting class with Randall Wallace late into my undergraduate career, and even though I didn’t always agree with his method of teaching, he taught me a very important thing about writers: we are at a greater risk for mental illness. A 2012 study by researchers at Karolinska Institute in Sweden looked at 1.2 […]

Interviewing Amber Lyon for Blindfold Magazine

It’s funny, I put this blog under the category ‘In the News,’ but Bahrain is everywhere but. Bahrain is a small country in the Middle East nestled on the Persian Gulf. I had first learned about the human rights violations occurring in that country after speaking with Amber Lyon at a group dinner at MountainFilm. […]