Chekhov’s Gun: What is It & How to Use It

Chekhov’s gun is about writing with intention. It means that we shouldn’t be throwing things into our stories that serve no purpose. It doesn’t mean that we can’t have setting descriptions and what-not. We need those things to help set the mood and orient our readers to the story’s time and place. And sometimes, the […]

The Suspense is Killing Me: How to Use Suspense

Suspense permeates every genre and story out there. It can be felt long after the novel has been put down and well into the night. It’s a feeling of unease because we know something terrible will happen if that character doesn’t find the murderer, defuse the bomb, or overcome their hangups and miss out on […]

Red Herring: A Literary Device or an Aquatic Animal?

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I always think of the fish when the term red herring comes up in conversation. The stupid thing is herrings are more of a silvery-blue type color, not red. But I digress. We’re not here to talk about fish, we’re here to talk about writing. The funny […]

Everything Writers Need to Know About Foreshadowing

Hey, Lovelies! How’s the post-apocalypse treating you so far? I know worldbuilding is a fun but intense process. We covered prophecies last week, but I wanted to touch on a similar topic today. Mostly, I wanted to follow up on a point I made in my post last week: that prophecies and foreshadowing are not […]

Point of View

Hey, Lovelies! Today, we’re going to talk about point of view. Then we’re going to be getting into first, second, and third person and we’ll wrap it all up with how to write internal monologues for our characters. This post is going to be more of an overview of what POV is and why it’s […]

Literary Devices: Personification

Hey Lovelies! Happy Thursday to you all! I hope everyone’s week has been going well so far and that you have some fun plans for the weekend. Today we’ll be talking about personification and then I swear we won’t be talking about really closely related literary devices for a while. In fact, this one will […]

Literary Devices: Anthropomorphism

Hey Lovelies! I hope everyone’s weekend went well! I know I had a blast on mine. I had the entire weekend off and got to spend it exploring with my partner. This doesn’t happen very often as I usually have to work the weekend. Enough with the personal stuff though! We’re here to talk about […]

Literary Devices: Pathetic Fallacy

Hey Lovelies! I want to talk about more setting stuff this month, or at least for a week or two. Why? It does tie into world building a little bit and I wanted to expand on some of the ideas I posed in the previous post on setting. SO, we’re going to kick start this […]

Themes, Motifs, and Symbols

Hey Lovelies! I hope everyone had a great weekend! As promised we’re going to be talking about themes, motifs and symbols today. Before we get to that, I do want to let everyone know that I may not be posting at all next week. My partner and I will be moving out to Vancouver on […]


Hey Lovelies! As promised we’re going to be talking about foils today. Foils are awesome and make things interesting for a reader. If it’s a plot based foil, it’s like reading two stories in one. If it’s character based, it is interesting in seeing how different your character could have been. So, let’s start off […]