Tag Archives: character

When Escapism Is Not Okay

We need to make better games. I was at PAX Dev last week, the almost-new game developers conference that runs just before the Penny Arcade Expo. We were told not to tweet or blog about the content of the conference … Continue reading

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Project Concordia: A Protagonist

When creating the concept for a story, developing a setting without developing plot or characters is silly. It’s the characters that will be the focus of the actual story, creating the narrative by navigating the plot they’re thrown into. The … Continue reading

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Shotgun Gravy is Spot On

Yesterday, I read a novella Chuck Wendig wrote called Shotgun Gravy. He calls it maybe noir, maybe YA. I thought, “Really? YA noir? I’ll believe it when I see it, Mr. Wendig.” I believe it. Not only is Shotgun Gravy … Continue reading

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Character Development in Harry Potter

In my last post, I talked about one of the criticisms I’ve heard of the Harry Potter series — namely that its theme of good vs. evil is too simplistic. Another criticism I’ve come across is the lack of character … Continue reading

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Black and White and Grey: Morality as a Theme

There’s no doubt that a lot of people love the Harry Potter series, but there are also many who discount it for various reasons — that it’s too simplistic, that the writing isn’t great, etc. Even sometimes people who love … Continue reading

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If Everyone Was Listening

For we dreamed a lot, and we schemed a lot And we tried to sing of love before the stage fell apart If everyone was listening, you know There’d be a chance that we could save the show –Supertramp, If … Continue reading

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Consistency In Storytelling

I’ve been following FRINGE pretty much since it first aired, and while the first half of the first season or so was a little iffy, it’s since grabbed me by the throat and pulled me into the detailed, plot-driven long-term … Continue reading

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Workshopping the Hunger Games

Over the holidays, I got back into reading regularly by devouring the Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins. The trilogy has made quite a splash in the YA market — nothing like Twilight, but The Hunger Games gets points for … Continue reading

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The lure of florid prose

I will be the first to admit that I am not a beautiful writer. Let me rephrase that. I’m a writer, and I’m beautiful (modest, too), but I do not write beautifully. No one will ever say of my writing … Continue reading

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Experience Influences

Last week, I was at a party with some older friends of mine and a bunch of people I didn’t know. Some alcohol got involved, so they weren’t “people I didn’t know” for long. In fact, as is wont to … Continue reading

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