Archive for October 27th, 2008

Oct 27 2008

I am not fond of Cyprus

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I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

If only I had realized that before picking it as the topic for a research paper.

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Oct 27 2008

Writing Tip of the Day: Make Your Characters Uncomfortable

If your characters are comfortable, chances are that the story isn’t doing anything interesting. “Could you pass me a crumpet, dearie?” Far too many manuscripts get bogged down in characters chatting. Scenes that focus on chatting are typically boring and pointless. Fortunately, you can easily fix these scenes by adding discomfort and conflict. What if the two conversants hated each other but couldn’t avoid talking? What if John and Margaret had utterly failed on a joint project at work and they could only keep their job by moving past what had gone wrong? Or what if John were obnoxiously, madly in love with Margaret? Suddenly the scene has potential. Dramatic possibilities abound.

Here’s a webcomic to help remind you to keep things uncomfortable.

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Oct 27 2008

Our sponsors have a message for our American readers

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Art taken from this artist at DA.

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Oct 27 2008

The Northern Hemisphere may be slumping towards an icy, bleak winter…

Published by under Writing Articles

…but Summer Fun Cthulhu is rocking out in style!

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