The Positives of Subverting Expectations

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #010. A more and more common creative choice for story-tellers in our modern age is the practice of subverting expectations. What that means is that the audience goes into your story expecting one thing, and what you give them is something different. The problem with … More The Positives of Subverting Expectations

Crafting Compelling Character Arcs—Captain America

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #009. Few characters embody all the ideals that we as a culture hold dear the way Steve Rogers, better known by his crime-fighting alias Captain America, does. Over the course of his eleven appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), he has stood for truth, … More Crafting Compelling Character Arcs—Captain America

Crafting Compelling Character Arcs—Iron Man

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #008. In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark utters the now-iconic words that first opened the door eleven years earlier to the flood of record-breaking content that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). What were they? “I am Iron Man.” If you’ve seen the movie, you know … More Crafting Compelling Character Arcs—Iron Man

Crafting Compelling Character Arcs—Black Widow

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #007. In Avengers: Endgame, Scarlett Johansson’s character, Black Widow, chose to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the universe. Her selflessness won the day, providing the rest of the team with the tool they needed to restore billions of people back to life. … More Crafting Compelling Character Arcs—Black Widow

Subverting Expectations

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #005. There’s a concept that is becoming more and more commonplace in entertainment, in a world where a trailer can’t drop, an episode can’t air, and a movie sequel can’t be announced without thousands of enthralled fans dissecting every nanosecond of material they’ve been offered, … More Subverting Expectations

Prologues—The Kiss of Death?

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #002. There is a sort of stigma in the writing community, especially in certain circles, when it comes to prologues. We can postulate that the premise of this pre-plot problem is, put simply, that prologues are a bait-and-switch.