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The Trifecta

Boot up a game with a character creation screen and you’re likely to get a huge variety of options, customization features, ability choices, et cetera. However, more likely than not, the odds are that every single choice you make amongst those intricacies can be traced back to one of three choices: Precise, Heavy, or Tricky? 705 more words


The Young Hero and the Chosen One Trope

Most people with any passing familiarity with the fantasy genre know about the “Chosen One” trope. In its most popular incarnations, like Harry Potter and… 623 more words


Flynn's Journey

To write a great script, you must create a gripping protagonist.  And to write a gripping protagonist, you must know the character as well as you know yourself. 278 more words


Dorothy Parker's "Horsie"

Dorothy Parker’s short story, “Horsie” is commonly read as a critique of social bias for the beautiful and prejudice against the unattractive. Heroin, Miss Wilmarth, is an unsightly nurse employed by Gerald and Camilla Cruger. 1,850 more words


Silent/Limited Vocabulary Hero

Last week I did some poetry about various hero types that connected to Superman and still had a few more heroes that came to mind.  They didn’t fit into his history, so I’m going to discuss them over the course of this week.  519 more words


The Protagonist and the Viewpoint

With the chronology, character maps and theme written down, we now have everything we need to tell us what the story is. Now we’re going to move on to the question of how to tell it. 929 more words


Here's why my book sucks and so does yours

My book was recently read by a handful of test readers. As soon as they’d finished, naturally, I asked them what they thought. All of them liked the beginning, the end and my cool descriptions, but aside from this, they told me that they “didn’t know”. 335 more words