Burnout

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 16, 2018



I want to take a quick break for a second to talk about something creators go through but often don’t talk about. It is hard to see it coming and even harder still to lift yourself out of once you are there. This post is about addressing creative burnout ...

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Showing and Telling

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 10, 2018



Anyone who ever dabbled in creative writing or any sort of narrative work, had the phrase “show, don't tell” hammered into them. The sheer anxiety of being caught ‘telling’ rather than ‘showing’ made us all think in terms I assume only exhibitionists do.

The truth though is, that sometimes ...



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A Trip to the Circus: A Classic Comedy Spectacular

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 5, 2018

I had tickets to watch a big tent circus last week that was reminiscent of classic Circus shows from older generations (minus the elephants). It was my first time going to the circus since I was six years old, unless Cirque du Soliel is considered a circus, which for the ...

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Mecha Drawing

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, March 2, 2018



Emma is indisposed today so it's my turn to step into the breach.
What I want to chat about today is how to draw mecha. I draw a lot of it. It's fun, but it's not that easy.
What is “mecha”? Mecha usually refers to futuristic looking ...



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On Stand-Up Comics and Natural Humour

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Feb. 26, 2018



Last Wednesday, I was lucky enough to snag some tickets to a stand up comedy club in Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. I am an avid fan of Saturday Night Live from the early 2010s/Bill Hader era. Therefore, I constantly stream stand up routines of my favorite comics ...

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The Dance Scene

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 24, 2018



Just like the table scene, the dance scene can be an invaluable story telling tool: a way to showcase where your characters stand without having to force them to speak about it or have someone else infodump about it.

This stance can be on the characters that dance (i.e ...



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Nothing Under the Sun

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 22, 2018



A friend of mine, many years ago, showed me a cartoon that was fascinating, funny, and horrifying. In my memory, it was the first anime I'd ever seen. I'd forgotten most of it over the years, and would try to find it once every so often, without knowing ...

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On boredom and the slip into daydreams

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 16, 2018



In my day job, I am occasionally asked to attend events or webinars as part of professional development. Earlier this week I happened to be at one of these activities focussing on the future of artificial intelligence, which you would think would be a riveting topic for discussion. But soon ...

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Quackcast 361 - Primordial Creations

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 13, 2018

LISTEN!

Today we talk about where our characters began, not their origin stories or why we started writing them but rather what they used to look like! Pitface was inspired to create a thread based on this idea by Emma Clare's newspost series of origin stories. So we just ...

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Love Spells and Love Potions

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 8, 2018




Love spells have been a part of literature for a long, long time. A Midsummer Night's Dream comes to mind, by that William Shakespeare fella, where a love triangle/quadrangle is made more complex when the wrong target is affected. The correction has only one dude under the spell ...


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