The Aspirational Hero: What He Is, and How to Write Him

The Aspirational Hero is similar to, but not quite like, the Iconic Hero. Although the two resemble each other, mainly in what K.M. Weiland* refers to as the Flat Character Arc, they are not the same thing. They are, rather, two distinct archetypes that have largely gone out of fashion in the West. You are … Continue reading The Aspirational Hero: What He Is, and How to Write Him

“Trail Dust Is Thicker’n Blood”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x02g4-XT_VU A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. – Len Wein Stargate SG-1 Daniel Jackson telling Colonel Jack O’Neill to leave him behind in “Within the Serpent’s Grasp”* after he has been mortally wounded is a scene that has remained in my memory for decades. Listening … Continue reading “Trail Dust Is Thicker’n Blood”

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?

Choice Words – How Studying another Language Helps Improve English Writing

When most people today decide to learn another language, they usually choose one that is not considered dead. This author is not most people. Rather than take courses in the expected Spanish or French, this writer opted to learn Latin. Besides a few phrases of Spanish, French, German, and Japanese, after my native English the … Continue reading Choice Words – How Studying another Language Helps Improve English Writing

Heartfelt Laughter – A Missing Ingredient in Fiction

One of the things I remember best about my favorite filmed stories – whether live action or animated – was the sound of the characters’ genuine laughter. By far, the animated stories usually had more laughter than the live action shows. Japanese anime series were especially adept at having their characters throw their heads back … Continue reading Heartfelt Laughter – A Missing Ingredient in Fiction

9 Things Writers Can Learn (or Relearn) from Japanese Media

Previously, the ways being a fan can help – or hurt – an author were discussed here at Song. This and the article on fan fiction primarily focused on Western entertainment and its effect on aspiring storytellers. While fundamentally important and formative for all prospective novelists, present day Occidental fiction is not the only storytelling … Continue reading 9 Things Writers Can Learn (or Relearn) from Japanese Media