Tag: Smells

August 4, 2017 / Smells

Fighting Cats

I was recently confronted with a nagging feeling that one of my stories wasn’t working. I couldn’t figure out why. Then I realized I had a Plot-Character Mismatch.

March 31, 2017 / Smells

If you throw a group of people in a stressful situation, those people will be pushed to their limits or beyond. In some stories, though, the people in the group turn to idiocy. Let’s have a look at the Flock of Headless Chickens writing smell.

February 10, 2017 / Smells
October 7, 2016 / Smells


‘Almost’ is the snake oil that lazy writers use to spice up their stories. That ‘almost’ is a lie, smoke and mirrors to distract you from an otherwise boring story. What am I talking about? The ‘almost’ smell.

August 26, 2016 / Smells

Bad Analogies

This post will explain bad analogies like a gull would explain how to fly. Did you get that? No? Agreed, it was a pretty terrible analogy. You don’t want your writing to smell of this. But what should you do then?