More Thoughts on Discovery Writing

Banes at 12:00AM, May 21, 2020



We've had some interesting discussions on various Newsposts, in the Forum and elsewhere on theduckwebcomics about knowing your ending, knowing your genre, planning ahead and outlining vs. ‘pantsing’ or ‘Discovery writing’, which is writing without knowing where you're going.

Though up to now I've mostly been a ...



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QUACKCAST 479 - Big ideas in fiction

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 19, 2020

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My original idea for this Quackcast was: “Genre fiction is the best place to explore ideas, straight fiction doesn't do it as well”
What I meant ...




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Defining Events

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 16, 2020



What made a character be who he/she is? What is it that drives them, and why?

That's the allure of any origin story: we get to see how characters we look up to or love or love to hate came to be who they are.

Most, if not ...





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Knowing What You Write

Banes at 12:00AM, May 14, 2020



Last week we talked about “writing what you know” … but how about ‘knowing what you write’? I knew I wanted to do this one as soon as I posted the previous article…just for the title.

In a TV show, series of books, movie, printed comic series, or newspaper strip ...



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FEATURED COMIC --> Tangkal English

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 13, 2020



An ancient old woman shambles up to a even older tree that stands alone and isolated on a bare green hill. She makes a request of it, undergoes an intense magical ritual and examines the the detritus and trinkets she's collected over the course of her life… What is ...

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The Genre Defines the Lines

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 9, 2020



We grin and support John Wick as he ploughs through dozens of people per minute in his revenge quest over his murdered dog and ruined car, but we gasp with shock when the Wicked Witch of the East pursues a single person to take revenge for killing her sister with ...

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Writing What You Know

Banes at 12:00AM, May 7, 2020



Writing what you know is one of those old canards that show up in writing advice, though it's not up there with things like “show, don't tell” and “this is supposed to be a literary essay - do not doodle in the margins”.

Or is that last one just ...



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QUACKCAST 477 - Darkest before dawn

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 5, 2020

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Today on this glorious date we chat about that part in stories where everything turns to crap for the protagonists, just before the run up to the ...



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The Means Make the Villain

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 2, 2020



There are the mustache-twirling villains, that enjoy being evil. They're deliciously fun!

Then there are the nutjob villains. Those that are basket cases one way or the other, psychopaths or antisocial, unfettered madmen with a logic of their own that wreaks havoc upon the world. They're also very ...



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All is Lost

Banes at 12:00AM, April 30, 2020



I've talked many times about story structure. Even with a structural approach, there are a lot of questions to be answered, struggles to be had, and hard thinking to be done to make a story work.

One big moment that I like thinking about early in the writing is ...



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