Thoughts on Tactics: How History Affects Fiction and Makes It Believable

Not long ago, this author discovered the above picture, which discusses some fans’ thoughts on how the Fellowship of the Ring might have simply flown to Mordor to dispose of the One Ring rather than “take the long way around.” As the commenter explains, this would have been a bad idea narratively because the entire … Continue reading Thoughts on Tactics: How History Affects Fiction and Makes It Believable

Worldbuilding: Or, the Mind-set Necessary to Make Medieval Fiction Realistic

To fight effectively requires the proper state of mind. Any martial arts or firearm instructor will tell his students this fact. If you are not aware of your environment and prepared to defend your life and/or the lives of those close to you, then you look like prey. And prey only exists to feed the … Continue reading Worldbuilding: Or, the Mind-set Necessary to Make Medieval Fiction Realistic

Conflict – How I Learned the Art of Combat in Fiction from Hasbro’s/Takara Tomy’s ZOIDS

Clint Eastwood once said that you cannot have a story without conflict. Whether your tale has the hero fighting to survive in a hurricane or trying to master his passion for a married woman doesn’t matter. Whether he is dueling with his arch-nemesis or being fired upon by alien crabs intent on turning humans into … Continue reading Conflict – How I Learned the Art of Combat in Fiction from Hasbro’s/Takara Tomy’s ZOIDS