The best piece of advice about writing I ever received was from my friend Hugh who advised me to “Fuck some shit up.”  He actually said, “Fuck some shit up, bitch!” but you get the point.  So often writers play it safe, especially with their characters.  Mr. Wendig has a lot of good ideas (25 to be exact) on how to mess with your creations.

As storyteller, you are god. And to be frank, you’re not a particularly nice god — at least, not if you want your story to resonate with readers. A good storyteller is a crass and callous deity who treats the characters under his watchful eye like a series of troubled butt-puppets. From this essential conflict — storyteller versus character — a story is born. (After all, that’s what a plot truly is: a character who strives to get above all the shit the storyteller dumps on his fool head.)

Put differently, as a storyteller it’s your job to be a dick.

It’s your job to fuck endlessly with the characters twisting beneath your thumb.

And here’s 25 ways for you to do just that.


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