Writerly Sound Bites, Number 2: Chasing the Unicorn of “Relatability”

Remember the post on writing advice, readers? The one that discussed “sound bites” as a means of offering guidance to aspiring writers? As someone who has had more difficulty cutting through and understanding such “sound bites” than she cares to recall, this author decided to provide future writers with some insights to help ease them … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 2: Chasing the Unicorn of “Relatability”

Writerly Sound Bites, Number 1: On Characters, Flaws, and What Really Makes a Flawed Hero Heroic

Something I have discovered over the years is that advice from those in the field of storytelling – or from those who teach creative writing – tends to fall into two categories. The first consists of long descriptions which can almost be considered stories in themselves. Reading through these dissertations and parsing them out can … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 1: On Characters, Flaws, and What Really Makes a Flawed Hero Heroic

Annoying Characters – Are They Villains, or Are They Heroes?

Catching sight of the above still shot and comment about Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man* film gave this author pause. This writer grew up watching the Amazing Spider-Man* animated series. The show faithfully re-presented J. Jonah Jameson as a blowhard, a cheapskate, and a loudmouth. Even without his obsessive hatred for Spider-Man, he was an annoying character … Continue reading Annoying Characters – Are They Villains, or Are They Heroes?

Redemption – Should It Happen All at Once, or Should It Be Gradual?

In my article “Conflict,” I mentioned that there would be more posts with some focus on my favorite anime, Zoids: Chaotic Century, and what it has to teach future authors. One of these lessons is the way characters can and should be redeemed by “modern” authors. These days some current writers seem to think redeeming … Continue reading Redemption – Should It Happen All at Once, or Should It Be Gradual?