Reposted: Yakuza 0 and the Art of Writing the Anti-Criminal

Check out this intriguing piece by Kit Sun Cheah, readers! Yakuza 0 and the Art of Writing the Anti-Criminal Kiryu Kazuma is a bad guy. Kiryu Kazuma isn’t a bad guy. The main protagonist of most of the games in the long-running Yakuza franchise, Kiryu Kazuma is the heart and soul of the series. Yakuza 0 explores his origins as a … Continue reading Reposted: Yakuza 0 and the Art of Writing the Anti-Criminal

Review: Hollow City: A Superhero Vigilante Thriller by Kai Wai Cheah

There is a reason this writer occasionally cites Mr. Cheah’s articles for her Vocational Vivications, readers. Aside from the enormously helpful insights he offers in his posts, he is a darn good writer. Hollow City, the first novel in Mr. Cheah’s branch of the Heroes Unleashed universe created by Silver Empire Publishing, is one of … Continue reading Review: Hollow City: A Superhero Vigilante Thriller by Kai Wai Cheah

Reposted: The Secret to Writing Powerful Action Scenes

Check out this amazing post by author Kai Wai Cheah, readers!   The Secret to Writing Powerful Action Scenes Action scenes are the bread and butter of pulp stories. When the story threatens to get too boring, throw in a fight scene and you revitalize it with fresh energy, stakes and momentum. When the hero … Continue reading Reposted: The Secret to Writing Powerful Action Scenes

Reposted: Between the Mythical and the Mechanical

Check out this fantastic piece by Kit Sun Cheah, readers: Between the Mythical and the Mechanical Today when people think of science fiction and fantasy, chances are, they think of two separate genres. Science fiction, the genre of starships and computers and technology. Fantasy, the genre of knights and dragons and castles. Two distinct genres, … Continue reading Reposted: Between the Mythical and the Mechanical

Reposted: Keeping Fantasy Fantastic

Check out this excellent post by Cheah Kit Sun, readers: Fantasy Without Fantasy Modernity has ruined fantasy. At one end of the scale, there is the slice-of-life tale, with ordinary people doing ordinary things, just with some counterfactual elements. At the other end, there is a setting that appears totally foreign to our reality–and yet … Continue reading Reposted: Keeping Fantasy Fantastic

A Review of the Heroine Archetype

It is almost impossible these days to avoid discussing the presentation of heroines in modern fiction. Many common misunderstandings of this archetype populate present stories, giving aspiring writers headaches as they try to figure out what they should do with the female characters in their tales. Should their heroine be better than the man in … Continue reading A Review of the Heroine Archetype