The Importance of Writing a Character with Flaws

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 12, 2018

In the latest issue of Game Informer, a magazine produced by GameStop in North America, there was an entire article about a new game being released called “Night in the Woods” featuring anthropomorphic animals that exhibit mental health characteristics such as depression and bipolar disorder. This article struck a chord ...

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The Turn

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 23, 2017



There are few scenes more dramatic, more alluring and more riveting than the moment when the one of the main characters of a story makes the Turn: the moment where they change their convictions- for better or worse.

If properly prepared, the Turn is an extremely cathartic and exciting moment ...



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Horror Minus Horror

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 19, 2017

It's time for horror talk!

I was just watching a discussion by the red letter media dudes about one of my favorite horror flicks, The Re-Animator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAPeMftLe_o

They addressed something I've talked about before, and still agree with.

A horror story can ...







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STAN LEE

Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 5, 2017
tags: stan lee



I've given the propers to artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, two of the three fathers of the Marvel Universe.

But we can't neglect the other one. The man. Stan ‘the man’ Lee.

We probably all know this guy already of course, and he's renowned these days ...





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Single pages, larger issues and archive panic

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 7, 2017


SINGLE PAGES vs. The GREATER WHOLE

I'm at a nice place in my webcomic right now. Well, it's nice as the writer, at least.
The characters have a nice history now, with some adventures behind them, some established relationships, and a stable of supporting characters who can be ...



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Romance As a Side Dish

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 19, 2017



The other day I read a very interesting post by our very own Vickie of Used Books where she was talking about Romance. And what caught my eye the most was her description of the driving force behind romance stories as “relationship-driven conflict”- a very succinct way to put it ...

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Dialogue

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 10, 2017


Last Thursday I talked a little about writing a scene, in terms of the change that happens, what the character wants, and what obstacle is in the way of achieving that want.

But what about dialogue? Eh?

One way to help define what's going on in a scene is ...




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WRITING A SCENE

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 3, 2017

WRITING A SCENE


Here are some thoughts on writing that smallest unit of a story: the scene.


First off, what is a scene? What defines that little mug?

It's Change.

Something changes between the beginning and end of a scene.

Here's a way to write one if you ...











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Constructing Your Fantasy World Rigging

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 22, 2017



Every building needs a skeleton in place before building begins, so that the end product will be sound. It’s no different with fantasy world building: before you begin gathering and using your story’s bricks and mortar (= the research) you need to have the world’s skeleton, or rigging ...

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Drawing Attention

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, June 30, 2017



I am going to be writing an article bi-monthly for The Duck until I either run out of things to say, or more likely, they tell me to stop. I decided that i wanted to focus on comics on the site that in my opinion deserve a little more limelight ...

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