Just Say “No” to Dramatic Pumping

Writerfolk, whenever you get the itch to write in a character dramatically pumping a shotgun in a story, stop. Come up with a different method of intimidation. I know you’ve seen it countless times in movies and TV shows, but as @abnersenires so eloquently stated on Twitter, it’s the wrong kind of smooth move.

Red Laser Sights vs. Red Dot Sights: Is There a Difference?

Nothing says “you’re screwed” like an electric viper pit of red lasers snaking across a character’s body in fiction. These beams of light preview right where a shot would hit, a reminder of the few seconds the character may have left to live.

It’s a nice effect for writing showdown scenes between the damned and double damned, but what exactly are these devices called? Continue reading