Plant a Standard….

          You cannot choose your battlefields,           The gods do that for you.           But you can plant a standard           Where a standard never flew. – Nathalia Crane, 1913 One of the most pernicious movements of our time may be the idea that artists can change the world. For decades … Continue reading Plant a Standard….

Killing Characters, Part 2: The Demise of the Foot Soldier

This article is the second in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. Part One may be read here. Following last week’s post on the believability of a character’s demise we come to a seemingly inconsequential point. In fact, this detail has been taken so lightly of late that it has … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 2: The Demise of the Foot Soldier

Killing Characters, Part 1: Is It Necessary to Make a Novel/Series Believable?

This article is the first in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. One of the main literary movements of the last century, Realism, holds much of the modern literati in its thrall. Along with Naturalism and a resurgent Romanticism, this school of writing insists on killing off at least … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 1: Is It Necessary to Make a Novel/Series Believable?

Cursed Characters: How Powered Protagonists Are Viewed within Their Worlds

This article is the third in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Parts One and Two may be read here and here. So far we have covered two items that should be considered by authors when they are creating empowered heroes. These aspects are handicaps and whether or … Continue reading Cursed Characters: How Powered Protagonists Are Viewed within Their Worlds

Powered Protagonists: Does the Power Make the Hero, or Vice Versa?

This article is the first in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Alexander Hellene over at Amatopia published a thought-provoking article last year. It revolved around creating characters that have superpowers, and it caught my attention because this is an aspect of storytelling which has fascinated me for years. … Continue reading Powered Protagonists: Does the Power Make the Hero, or Vice Versa?