We have discussed Nice Girls, but what about Nice Guys? The standard response to that is: “Yeah, well, you know where Nice Guys finish – last.” Depending on the definition of “nice” in use, this can be quite true. But as with Nice Girls, Nice Guys do not all follow the perceived pattern of “nice” … Continue reading Nice Guys Finish Last? Depends on One’s Definition of “Nice”
A little while ago I happened upon some posts with quotes from Agatha Christie and her books. This and the desire to find a specific quote from Louis L’Amour sent me on a search into the accumulated selections from the man’s many works. The results are below, readers, and well worth the time. I have … Continue reading Quotes from Louis L’Amour
Per the sixth installment in this series, we have seen that characters do not simply break due to an “earthshattering event.” The eighth installment, which had to be split into three separate articles, went into detail about how characters broken by other people can heal from this trauma. Some rightly ask, however, about the Character … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 10: Character Progression – What About Characters Broken Beyond Repair?
A reminder of where we came from – and hope for where we are headed: When Hollywood Rode Right: American Western Cinema as an Expression of Older Virtues [A shorter, slightly edited version of this essay appears in the December 2021 issue of Chronicles magazine.] Friends, Although Hollywood is now considered a monolithic bastion of … Continue reading Look West
Gunsmoke's main cast I was privy to a discussion on character progression sometime in the past month. While I did not take part in it, that conversation got me thinking: many storylines in a variety of franchises with long or established characters aim for “shock and awe” character changes. These usually happen when everything appears … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 4: Character Progression – Or Character Destruction?
You thought I would review only one issue of Cirsova, correct? Guess again, readers! Since she was curious about the story on the cover, this author decided to pick up the 2019 Spring Issue some time ago. It was a good decision. Since Halloween is approaching, I thought revisiting this issue of Cirsova would be … Continue reading Review: Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense: Vol. 2 No. 1 (Spring 2019) – by Cirsova Publishing
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”
While on the Superversive Sunday Livestream, Anthony Marchetta and I discussed the differences between Japanese anime and modern Western storytelling. One of the items that came up was the sincerity with which Japanese writers portray their characters. Although I wanted a stronger word for the phenomenon at the time, in hindsight, I think Anthony hit … Continue reading Sincerity in Fiction – A Lost Art in Need of Recovery
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