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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 […]

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 […]

The Writer's Muse

The Writer’s Muse

My boyfriend and I go to Tom Shadyac’s class lectures at Pepperdine with a few friends every week. Although the class has about a 20-student limit, Tom’s lectures fill up so much the school has to give him an auditorium to fit the 200 or so people who visit each week. He has guest speakers […]