Author: H. Duke

H. Duke writes contemporary fantasy, horror, and more. She currently lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband, Giru, and a shiny black dog named Jupiter. Her forthcoming serial Jeremiah Jones Cowboy Sorcerer will be released in eight episodes (sort of like a TV show, but for your e-reader!). you can download the first episode for free right now at this link.

How natural talent ruins writing careers

Natural talent ruins writing careers? I just read an article, and it really changed the way I think of my writing, and my overall productivity in general. The article in question is The Atlantic’s “Why Writer’s are the Worst Procrastinators“, which expounded…

3 reasons writers should read

why writers should read In regards to the question of whether or not writers should read, there are two schools of thought. The first freely admit to not reading much themselves. They don’t have time to both read and write,…

Writing Tasks vs. Writing Goals

Last week, I published the article Setting Realistic Writing Goals, where I talked about my new writing philosophy: having smaller writing ‘goals’ in order to be more productive. I was chatting with a writing friend about the article, and we…

setting realistic writing goals

One of the most difficult parts of establishing your writing routine is setting realistic writing goals and making measurable progress every day (or week, if you don’t write every day). Just because you’re sitting down in front of your computer does…

Better Call Saul: Literary Theme

Spoiler Warning: this post contains spoilers for season one of the AMC television show Better Call Saul. If you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want it to be spoiled, you can watch it on Netflix. You can also purchase…

The Writer’s Sympathy Formula

Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers that span the entirety of season one of Better Call Saul. Season one is now streaming on Netflix. You can also purchase it here to stream on Amazon Instant Video. In all the history…

Outlander: Gender Roles in Fiction

Note: This post contains spoilers from book one of the Outlander series, and also for the first half of season one of the Outlander television show. Recently, I’ve been reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and watching Star’s accompanying television adaptation. I’m…

Subverting expectation in fiction

Today’s article is about subverting expectation in fiction. According to the Oxford Dictionary, subversion is the act of undermining something, usually an established system or institution. Normally, the term is applied to politics, as in subverting the government. But you…

Writing in Skewed POV

Can  writing in skewed POV add depth to your story? Writing in skewed POV gives a depth to your characters, and also adds layers to your writing. This article will first define skewed POV, go over examples of it in film…