QUACKCAST 336 - Side romance

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 22, 2017

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Romances don't always have to be the main focus of a story, infact you can have richer, more interesting romances if they occur in support of a bigger plot issue. It can lend them and the story more weight if they're in a secondary position. Characters can ...

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Damn Lies

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 17, 2017

I'm a bit obsessed with “before” versions of characters. Where they start. The damaged dude or dudette who shows up at the beginning of a story REALLY needing a change in their lives, and usually not knowing it.

Even when the plot kicks off, these folks often don't ...

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Quackcast 335 - Dialoguecast

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 15, 2017

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Dialogue is one of the most important elements for storytelling in most webcomics (there are exceptions). But dialogue is often hard for beginners, writing out imaginary conversations to push stories forward, show characterisation, or expositions are skills that don't come naturally! Banes has given us a helpful newspost ...

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Dialogue

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 10, 2017


Last Thursday I talked a little about writing a scene, in terms of the change that happens, what the character wants, and what obstacle is in the way of achieving that want.

But what about dialogue? Eh?

One way to help define what's going on in a scene is ...




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Quackcast 334 - body technique!

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 8, 2017

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Let's get physical! let me hear your body technique!
As a follow up to my newspost on Friday about figure drawing, we all got together to do a Quackcast about it, along with contributions in the form of comments from DDers on my newspost. Figure drawing is hard ...


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WRITING A SCENE

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 3, 2017

WRITING A SCENE


Here are some thoughts on writing that smallest unit of a story: the scene.


First off, what is a scene? What defines that little mug?

It's Change.

Something changes between the beginning and end of a scene.

Here's a way to write one if you ...











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Quackcast 65 - Men and Women in Tights - RETRO

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 1, 2017

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No new Quackcast this week so we're going retro.

Sorry guys… 334 didn't record correctly. I only discovered that while editing. Two Quackcasts we'd recorded didn't work, TWO in a row: the spare AND the current one! I don't check them right after I ...



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The Murky Middle

Banes at 12:00AM, July 27, 2017

Thursdays with Banes - The Murky Middle

A good way to put together a story is to figure out some essentials, first - Elements of Character, Plot and Theme, and Building some World and all that. We've talked about these things around here a lot, and we'll prolly continue to ...

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Quackcast 333 - Retcon the retcon

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 25, 2017

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The thing with retcons is that the author tends to get an idea which makes them want to go back over their story and redo or tweak the whole thing again, that's what's happened here… well sort off. Banes had some more ideas on the subject that ...

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Reflecting on Reflection Characters

Banes at 12:00AM, July 20, 2017



Reflection Characters

When I was doing a little reading on the “Mentor” character type, I learned about something called “Reflection Characters”. It was an eye opener; I'd never heard of this before, though I could instantly see how it made sense in storytelling, and dozens of examples came to ...



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