How To Get Away With Murder Theories: Who Killed [SPOILER]?

How To Get Away With Murder Theories: Who Killed [SPOILER]?

Warning: Major spoilers for who's #UnderTheSheet below!
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The mid-season finale of "How To Get Away With Murder" has left everyone with two questions: 1) How dare they? and 2) Who killed Wes? The question of who started the fire is one thing, and whether it's related to the latter question or not is still unclear, but the reveal of Nate, alive and well, finding Wes' burnt body on the table has everyone wondering who could have killed one of the show's most endearing characters -- including the show's creator Pete Nowalk. In an interview with E!, he said, "I only have four episodes left to write, so I have to get to the point where I know, but I'm always willing to change my mind. Anything's possible. It could be any one of those knuckleheads, or it could be someone outside of the group, too. Each time I watch it, I'm like, 'Oh, this person could have done it.'"

So, at this point, literally anyone is fair game. There are a few favorites among the possible killers though. Frank, for example, has gotten a lot of attention as the show's hitman (and intended concealer of Rebecca's death, which he either uncharactaristicly did a clumsy job on or pulled to the surface on purpose), as has Nate, since he appears to have escaped the fire perfectly unscathed. Bonnie being the killer in an attempt to cover her involvement in Rebecca's death has been a common theory, too, alongside the Mahoneys as the ones with the best motive to kill Wes, since he testified against their son and they know he was somehow involved in the murder of Wallace Mahoney. Connor is a popular one, too, since he did threaten to kill Wes earlier this season and his flash forward alibi is similar to Wes' in that it doesn't specifically place him somewhere else at the time of the fire. All we're given is him arriving at the hospital and a sort of non-reaction as he finds out Wes is dead.

Michaela, Asher, Oliver, and Laurel are all pretty unlikely, since the first three hardly have any sort of motive and Laurel walked into what appears to have been a trap, since the explosion was set off as soon as she stepped foot in the house. Annalise doesn't seem like a strong contender either, especially after we see her reaction to finding Wes beneath the sheet. She did invite everyone to her house just before the fire, though, so she may be behind that aspect of the night. The answers to most "whodunnit?" questions in the show so far, though, have been "Wes dunnit," since he both killed Sam and shot Annalise, so some fans have been saying that Wes might have killed himself. Though, the question of the season has been answered in the ninth episode of every season, which this winter finale was, so the answer to this season's question still was Wes, meaning the answer to this question does not necessarily have to be.

Because the show's own creator doesn't have a clue what's happening on his own show, any clues or motives could easily be thrown out the window with the next episode. Even Alfred Enoch, the actor who plays Wes, has been getting in on the theorizing. "I do not think he killed himself. That had not even crossed my mind," he told Variety. "I guess he's got a lot of problems in his life and people who present a threat to him -- potentially Frank, potentially Charles Mahoney. He obviously matters to Annalise, so [him being killed] might not have anything to do with him." So, your guess is as good as the creator's, as good as the actor's, and as good as mine. If you've got a theory, leave a comment below!

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The Key To Ending Your First Draft Blues

Or at least getting through the next chapter with your hair intact
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Ah, the first draft. We’ve all been there as writers. The day we decide to turn a blank word document into a 70,000 word (or more) masterpiece. Or, at least, that’s always the aim. Often as first-time writers, we go into the experience blind, learning as we go, and never really knowing whether what we’re doing is right or wrong.

It can be frustrating at times, as most first drafts are a test of sanity. As somebody who had written ten first draft books (nearing eleven) in six years, I have had my fair share of ups and downs when it comes to first drafts.

My first book ever took me four years just to write it, I started at the age of sixteen and finished by the time I was twenty. A year later I had written another. I then wrote one in thirty days, and nowadays I write about three to four books a year.

My point is, there is no science to writing. It is all about learning how to do it, and finding the methods that suit you best. I just wish I could have had someone to tell me all of that when I started.

With that in mind, here are my five pieces of advice on how to write your first draft:

#5 Embrace the Terribleness

The first draft is always the worst version of any story. The sooner you accept it, the easier it is to move forward with your work. So you misspell a few words so bad that even Word can't help you. That shouldn't stop you from going with the flow. Your dialogue will feel hammier than a "Star Wars" film, but you'll clean it up the second time around. You're not expected to create a masterpiece on the first go, so just enjoy the ride.

#4 Suffer for your Art

Writing can be hard. I've said it enough times already, but it's true. You have to be prepared to suffer for it. The reason my first book took four years to write was because I didn't commit to it. The reason I wrote 80,000 words in thirty days was because I committed myself to write at least 1,000 words a day. Now I average 3,000 daily. Is it painful to force 3,000 words to the page every day? Yes, but that's what you have to do to get the draft finished.

#3 Take your Time

Now I know this goes against what I just said, but it's important that you go at the pace you want to. I was happier writing 1,000 words a day, but I was eighteen then. At twenty-three, I'll never get everything done going at 1,000 words a day. Commit yourself to writing every day, even if its only 200 words. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. You'll get to the finishing line quicker if you jog a steady pace rather than adopting a sprint and rest mentality.

#2 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Yes, it's important to remember what colour your character's hair is, which one is taller, and what weapon they are carrying. Although with that said, it is important to keep going forward. In my editing, I go over everything with a fine comb, often with a character profile at my side. Don't get bogged down giving every little detail the first time around, you'll have time for that later. The hardest thing is getting it down the first time.

#1 Keep the Story Going at All Costs

This kind of goes without saying, but it is by far the most important step for me. You have to keep moving forward. It doesn't matter if you have to use the biggest Deus ex machina to get your plot going again, you can always edit it away in the re-draft. I use a technique called automatic writing, which means that I don't plan every detail of a chapter. I simply write it as I go. This allows me to give my characters natural reactions as events often come as a surprise to me too.

Obviously it is good to have a rough idea of what is meant to happen, but as long as you can get your characters from A to B, then you are half way there. The other half will be polishing it to the point you can see your reflection.

Good luck, and happy writing.

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4 Steps To Writing a Haiku

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You've probably had to write a haiku for English sometime in your school career. You most likely found it boring, or difficult, or just plain stupid. I am going to try and show you a more fun way to write a haiku.

1. The Basics: What You Should Know

In case you don't know, a haiku is a Japanese poem that is only three lines long. It is usually taught that the syllables in each line should go 5-7-5. But really, as long as there are 17 syllables or less in the three lines, it's a haiku.

2. Write to Get a Reaction

When you write a haiku, you are aiming to get one of three reactions: Aaaahhh, aha!, or ha ha! For example...

Aaahhh: Laying in bed/dog next to me under blanket/my furry heater

Aha!: Life is too short to love people/who do not deserve/your whole heart

Ha ha!: I'm on the toilet/and my stomach drops/the roll is empty

3. Create an Image

In your writing, you want to create a new image in your readers mind with each line. Take my first haiku for example. I first talk about laying in bed. Then, I say there is a dog next to me under the blanket, so you picture a lump under the covers. In my last line, I call him a furry heater so you imagine a heater covered in fur. The image you create is more important than the syllables.

4. Performing

Lastly, you need to think about performing your haiku. As always, when you're speaking in front of a room of people, you need to project so the whole room can hear you and you need to make eye contact. Another thing to remember is the tone of your voice while you are saying your poem. Dramatic pauses can keep people on the edge of their seat, waiting for what you're going to say next. You also have to remember to be confident! And if you're not confident, fake it till you make it!

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