As promised, here’s the next installment on tips, tricks and tidbits writers can glean from the hit television series, “The X-Files.”

  • No Theory is, “Out There.” It’s true. With the proper research and approach, you can make your story both believable and plausible.
  • Your Villains Aren’t Always Villains.Always remember your bad guys are humans. Humans have good and bad sides. In the earlier seasons, the character of, “Skinner,” on the show was indeed portrayed in a villainous light. However, this same individual became an invaluable ally later on. Your villains should have depth, reason and logic, methods to their madness.
  • No, It’s Not About Me. Beware of focusing too much of your content around a single individual, unless you intend on them becoming the main character. No, Mulder, it’s not solely your work. Many fans complained that the latter seasons of the show focused entirely too much on Mulder and not enough on the very substance that made the show popular, mutual work from interesting contributors.
  • Explore the World. Don’t limit your fiction to what is popular or trendy. Don’t make continual references to popular culture or politics. Not only does it date your novel (in a bad way), you will likely offend someone who paid hard-earned money to buy your book. NEVER, NEVER EVER insult your reader. Ever.

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