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Hancock [2008]

Iron Man was effectively where the modern Super Hero film kicked off, and with it came a certain kind of super-hero story design that I think has found its way into a relatively dead end, and for which I think neither Marvel nor DC have an alternative: the climactic battle. 1,117 more words


Resting The Reader

A mentioned in previous articles whether our stories are character driven or plot driven we need moments in the story where we let the reader process events. 526 more words


Slowing With Showing

As we discussed in the previous article despite some assumptions that telling is bad and showing is better, it’s not that simple. In the previous article we discussed how telling can be used to increase the pace where it is often assumed to slow it. 521 more words


Trying Telling

Telling can be short and direct or long and complex, or shades in-between. The problems arise working out where to tell and where to show, how much to tell or how little or whether we shouldn’t say anything. 589 more words


Speed Through Sentences

As I mentioned in the previous article sentences can change the pace of prose depending on how long or short they are. Once again I’ll mention that the general rule is that the longer a sentence is the slower it reads and the shorter it is the faster it reads. 527 more words


Pacing Through Paragraphs

Length of sentences, paragraphs and chapters can affect the speed at which the reader reads. The general rule is that the shorter they are the faster they read, and the longer they are the slower they read (for a discussion of this in relation to chapters try… 633 more words


WRITING CHRONICLE #28: character-driven vs. plot-driven

Via: Daily Prompt – Elastic & Superficial

I think most authors, at least in the initial stages of their career, tend to lean towards writing either character-driven or plot-driven stories. 665 more words