Writerly Sound Bites, Number 3: The Worship of Evil – Or, “The Villain Is the Hero of His Own Story”

It might be an old – and somewhat uncouth – meme, but it makes the point. Slap an unhappy backstory on a villain, and odds are that someone somewhere will ask whether or not he is “really the bad guy.” How can Thanos, for example, be considered evil when he just wants to prevent other … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 3: The Worship of Evil – Or, “The Villain Is the Hero of His Own Story”

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”

The Fictional Businessman – Is He a Monster or a Hero?

Not long ago this author finished reading Marvel’s Essential Iron Man Vol.3*. Though it had been available for some time, for various reasons, this writer did not take the opportunity to peruse the volume until recently to see what lessons were to be found within its pages. There were quite a few to discover. For … Continue reading The Fictional Businessman – Is He a Monster or a Hero?

Is It Camera Magic, or a Crucial Piece of Characterization?

By now, audiences are at least nominally acquainted with both Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The scene above, from Marvel’s The Avengers*, ought to be fairly familiar for that reason. Despite receiving less screen time than his fellow heroes, Hawkeye’s over-the-shoulder shot remains a memorable moment in the franchise. For most, this is … Continue reading Is It Camera Magic, or a Crucial Piece of Characterization?

The Reality of the Human Soul: How Sci-Fi and Fantasy Prove its Existence

Clone Commander Wolffe and his Wolfpack. One of the items which the Star Wars prequels failed to properly utilize was the Old Republic’s clone troopers. While the writers in the Clone Wars TV series did an admirable job of developing said replicant soldiers as characters, their focus derailed earlier points made by the authors who … Continue reading The Reality of the Human Soul: How Sci-Fi and Fantasy Prove its Existence

Depth in Fiction, Part Three: Density of Paper vs. Density of Story

This article is the third in a five part series about the skill of adding depth to fiction. Parts One and Two may be read here and here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW8MO4jAUH0 With gratitude to the incomparable David Breitenbeck for introducing this author to the video above, we turn to today’s subject. Having discussed the need for “magic” … Continue reading Depth in Fiction, Part Three: Density of Paper vs. Density of Story

The 3 Responsibilities All Authors Ought to Keep in Mind

Upon declaring her intention to become a published author someday, one of the questions that this writer always hoped/expected to be asked as a young girl was: “Why do you want to be a writer?” It was a bit disappointing when that question never came – not in the way this author expected or wanted … Continue reading The 3 Responsibilities All Authors Ought to Keep in Mind