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Tell us what the Bad Guy wants, and fast!

I just watched The Boxtrolls. Wonderful movie.

One of the most important things in storytelling is for the bad guy to be clearly identified, and early. 317 more words

Good Writing

Bad Writing

Do you know the difference between good writing and bad writing?

Does your high school child know the difference?

How do we teach our children the difference, and why is it important to know? 166 more words


The Mummy and Minor Characterization - Writing interesting minor characters

I am typing this while watching the 90’s remake of The Mummy. I’ve always loved this movie, and every bit of its pulpy, silly awesomeness. I can write a dissertation as to why this goofy little movie works so well, but what struck me while I was watching was a minor character. 368 more words


William Shakespeare, April 1564 - April 23rd 1616

Thank you, Will.

You created some of the most unforgettable characters ever to grace a stage.

You taught us that the English language could sing to rival any other, and you invented more than 1700 words that we’re still using today (‘bloodstained’, ‘premeditated’, ‘impartial’, ‘tranquil’, and – would you believe, anyone? 499 more words


On writing

Disclaimer: I am not a writer. I jot. That said:

The world does not need another book. Of course, it you want to write one, that’s fine. 96 more words

From The Counsellor

The Comma Splice Situation

Something about the comma splice vexes me.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

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Steve Bargdill

"the" vs. "a"

An incorrect “the” can kill you, in a teeny tiny way.

There’s a massive difference between “the” and “a”. Yeah, one has three letters and one has one. 310 more words