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Friday, January 2
Writing A Critique: Reading Critically
This title should read “How I Critique A Story” because that’s what I’ll be writing about, but it just didn’t have the same ring to ...
Wednesday, December 31
10 Most Popular Posts of 2014
Happy New Year! I’m going to celebrate the upcoming new year by looking back at my most popular posts of 2014. Coming in at number ...
Wednesday, December 17
Story Openings: Tags And Traits: Tailoring Your Cast of Characters To Your Protagonist
Yesterday we saw that character traits don’t come singly but in pairs. If a character is, say, one angry SOB then, all things being e...
Monday, December 15
Story Openings: Tags And Traits: The Power of Paradox
This post is part of a longer discussion on tags and traits and how we can use them to craft unique and interesting characters. Here ...
Friday, December 12
Story Openings: Tags, Traits and Tropes
Yesterday I began a discussion of Tags and Traits and talked about how they can help bring a character to life. Today I’d like to ex...
Thursday, December 11
Story Openings: Tags And Traits: Bringing Characters To Life
I know I said I would write about how to create a great story opening by introducing a minor mystery. I’m still going to write about ...
Monday, December 8
Story Openings: Throwing Trouble at the Protagonist
As you’ve likely heard again and again, to be commercially competitive in today’s market your story’s opening has to shine. Altho...
Friday, December 5
Story Openings: Five Choices
Mythcreants is fast becoming one of my favorite blogs. Chris Winkle’s articles have the enviable quality of being both witty and inf...
Wednesday, December 3
Plot Wheels And The Tarot: Part 2 of 2
On Monday I wrote about using the tarot as a kind of plot wheel , something to help spark ideas, to help create a structure for a story...
Monday, December 1
Plot Wheels And The Tarot
Ever since I first saw the tarot—it was my friend’s mother’s Rider-Waite deck—I’ve been interested in the history of the tarot. Recen...
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