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The 4 Horsemen of The Writers Apocalypse – The 4 Perspectives Every Writer Must Master


I like intensity in writing.

I’m no religious scholar, but I’d say the Bible is intense.

With that said, I’m likening what I feel are the 4 perspectives a writer MUST develop, with the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse.


So let’s dive into this two thousand year old text and establish what the 4 horses of the apocalypse are about…


The 4 Horseman are found in The Book of Revelation.

There’s good reason for that.

The Book of Revelation is essentially a letter of tremendous encouragement.

A man named John (not identified as the apostle) had a vision from heaven.

The Book of Revelation is John’s record of that vision (Revelation 1:9-11).


Briefly, Revelation was written as a letter to be circulated among the Christian churches in seven important cities.

These cities were located in Asia Minor which was part of the Roman Empire; known now as Turkey.

At the time, Romans were killing and persecuting Christians.

John’s vision offered encouragement and assurance that God was still in control.

John’s letter stated that the forces of evil, (the Roman Empire) would eventually be destroyed by God.

This indeed happened.


To sum up, The Book of Revelation offers comfort and encouragement to those of faith saying that God is in charge and promises to end evil forces.

Now on to the Four Horsemen…  



“Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”

And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.

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This first rider on the White Horse can be interpreted as embodying conquest, false prophets and false teachings

As part of my Writers Apocalypse, the White Horse is YOU the writer.

All writing is storytelling to some extent to another.

Most of that storytelling will have a mix of imagination and exaggeration.

Even if the storytelling is a news article, it still has to rely on the telling by an individual. And we know, that a human can not be 100% accurate 100% of the time.

The storyteller, in some degree, is the false prophet looking to conquer his reader with his falehoods.



When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”

And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

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The 2nd horseman rides a Red Horse. This horseman represents the violence of warfare.

The Red Horse represents The Protagonist.  

Why? Because there is an aspect of battle that goes on between the protagonist and his environment.

You as the writer, must be able to get in the protagonist’s head. See the story from his/her POV.

You want to write a character the reader roots for and who they want to see meet the battle head on… and then win.

So for the 2nd horsemen on the Red Horse, the protagonist must be like the warrior going into battle; an enigmatic character fighting for his life and a cause he believes in.




When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!”

And I looked, and behold, a black horse! Its rider had a pair of scales in his hand.

And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”


The third horseman rides a Black Horse. The scales he carries indicate balance and scarcity.

The 3rd horseman on the Black Horse, are the Supporting Characters.

The key elements of scarcity and balance add drama.

Understand the supporting characters point if view will either create the scarcity or put the protagonist out of balance or conversely, help him/her come back into balance aplenty.

The Black Horse and his rider see the protagonist from the supporting characters view points.



When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”

And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! Its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him.

And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.” ~ Revelation 6:1-8

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The 4th Horseman of the Writers Apocalypse rides a Pale Horse. This horseman’s name is DEATH.

This 4th horseman represents The Reader.

Ultimately, it’s the reader who decides if your writing is worth reading or not.

It may be a great story.

However, if your reader doesn’t think so…. you’re dead.

Think of your reader and how they have prepared and even sacrificed for this encounter.

After years of learning to read and write the reader has decided to take their hard earned training and spend it on your writing.

They are a worthy opponent.

Do not underestimate them.

For if you do they will surely come back with a death blow.

The death sentence for any writer. Closing the book. Exiting the pdf.

Walking away from the device.

You’re dead to them.


Well, that was certainly apocalyptic, wouldn’t you say?


So let’s take a quick recap:

The 1st horseman of the Writers Apocalypse rides a White Horse.

This horseman is YOU. (Your PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE)

The 2nd horseman of the Writers Apocalypse rides a Red Horse.

This horseman is your MAIN CHARACTER (PROTAGONIST)


The 3rd horseman of the Writers Apocalypse rides a Black Horse.


The 4th horseman of the Writers Apocalypse rides a Pale Horse.

This is your READER. Please your reader. Make your story CLEAR & Interesting or they will put down the book, close the pdf and walk away.


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High School English Lessons Still Apply – Structure = Introduction, Body & Conclusion

High School English Lessons Still Apply 

Structure = Introduction, Body & Conclusion

We were all taught in English class of the importance of having an introduction, a body and a conclusion in our essays.

This is still the most basic of principles when writing a story… whether that story is fiction or nonfiction.

This is also known as the 3 Act Story structure.

Here is a very simple chart used in film story structure…

introduction body and conclusion


The above image is for a basic screenplay, but this principle can be used for many types of writings.

Even with a blog post or article you can use the same introduction, a body and a conclusion principle.

You could also use the introduction, body and conclusion approach for essays, assignments, cover letters, resumes and pretty much any other type of writing.

Even technical writing. Perhaps even more so with technical writing like medical or financial reports because the information needs to be set out as clearly as possible. The reader will be looking and scanning for particular pieces of information and how they fit together. So, it needs to be presented efficiently. 

Here’s an example of how the introduction, a body and a conclusion principle can be used outside of a story line:

  1. For the introduction discuss the topic and set up the points you want to tell people about.  
  2. Then expand on the points you made in the introduction… perhaps with bullet points included
  3. Lastly, you sum it up by telling the reader what you just told them in a concise manner.  


Having an introduction, body and conclusion, is also a writing principle for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd act in a novel, play or screenplay.


In the introduction section, make sure you’ve made your points early so your reader can begin the step by step psychological process of taking in information.

This ‘intake’ process is universal.

The steps are almost identical for all human beings. It’s been this way from the beginning of time.


Next, in the body of the writing, fill in the details of the points/information you gave them in the introduction.

Continue to flesh out that information until your points/story are made. For a post/article you could even add a call to action here.

For storytelling, the ‘body’ is the part where you want to include the “climax” of the story. There always needs to be a ‘do or die’ moment on the body of the story. Sometimes there is another high point near the end, but there really should be a climax in the body of the story.

So when tackling any type of writing you can always start with the basic principle of introduction, body and conclusion.

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Writers Block Help: A Great Technique To Get UNstuck – Knowing Who Your Characters Are

Whenever you want to get unstuck and get some writers block help, try asking this;

Now what happens?

That’s the first question.

Now if nothing comes to mind after asking that question try this;

  • think of your characters’ preferences and desires. What are they?
  • add some more detail that fleshes out who the characters are
  • Include how these characters feel about each other, as well as, their own self image
  • If you don’t already, write a separate back story for each character

I’ve heard JK Rowling talk about how much back story she writes on her characters.

Most of the information never makes it into the final version of her novels.

However, because she knew her characters so intimately, she was able to move the story forward in a logical fashion.

She could ask What happens now? and get a clear answer because she knew her characters so well.

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Do you see how this could free you up and break the chains of writer’s block?


Whenever you get stuck, go back to your character’s preferences and desires. This helps you to understand their perspective better. 

It’s like getting to know someone. Knowing their likes and dislikes says a lot about who they are.

As well, if you write out your character’s back story as if they were your best friend it’ll give you a richer bank of detail to pull from. 

Here’s An Example:

Romeo, our dashing leading man, has just scaled the side of a waterfall doused cliff to greet the love of his life. He gets to the top and sees his beloved Juliet through the window of her cabin in the arms of another man. – Gasp!

Now what happens?


You want adventure and romance in this story.

Romeo is in love with Juliet. He wants to be with Juliet forever. He’s an athletic, adventurous man willing to do whatever he can to be with the woman he loves.

So based on Romeo’s preferences and desires what happens now? 

Does he:

  • Kick down the door and barge his way in?
  • Does he knock on the door and then knock the other man out when he answers the door?
  • Does he try to create a diversion so the other man will leave and he can take Juliet?
  • Would he take the chance to set the house on fire and rescue Juliet?
  • Would he send a goat as a present from a neighbor with a poisoned note attached to the collar for the man to read?
  • Or maybe the poison note is meant for Juliet to read?  
  • Does Romeo know the man? 
  • Does Romeo end up think Juliet is just too loose of a lady and leaves her with the other guy?

There are a million ways this could go…

Depending on what kind of man Romeo is, will determine the answers to the questions.

After all you created this Romeo. He’s your invention. Based on what you know about him… what happens now?


What you’re doing here as a writer – building a character profile – is not unlike the work of an actor.

Great actors usually make copious notes on who their characters are.

What did their character do before the scene started? Where are they going after the scene ends? What are their childhood memories?

Even though none of this is ever mentioned in the script. 

Know your characters and they will lead you forward on your story journey.

Understand your character’s preferences and desires and you will get unstuck, smash through writers block and maybe find a new friend in one of your characters.  

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