Subverting expectations ≠ good storytelling

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 17, 2019



When creating a story you begin leading the reader down a path. You know where you’re going, or at least can pretend to know, but the reader does not. But, with some well laid out clues and foreshadowing, they can begin to piece the map together. Now here comes ...

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Coward of Valor Reaches 1000 Page Milestone and Celebrates Three Years of Making Comics

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, April 29, 2019



MILESTONE

Matt@Deadpen writes:

Coward of Valor surpassed 1000 pages today, and will be three years old in a couple of days…

So, I really don't like to revel in my own achievements, as I'm fearful of inflating my head full of hot air and such… But as ...







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Handling Controversial Historical Characters

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 13, 2019


image by Ben Burgraff

When writing a historical fiction, it's very likely that you will need to include some actual historical personalities along with your historically-adept yet fictional cast.

Depicting a historical character is hard enough when there's a general consensus among historians and popular belief about who ...




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Targeted Practice

Amelius at 8:06AM, April 7, 2019


When I see artists just getting into the craft or people simply looking to improve their art ask for advice, the most omnipresent answer is “practice”; I don't like that answer. It assumes the person asking the question doesn't realize this is obvious, and hasn't already been ...

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The Status Quo

Banes at 12:00AM, April 4, 2019



“Don't worry, Bart. It seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons. My advice is to ride it out, make an occasional smart-aleck quip, and by next week, we'll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure. ”

-Lisa Simpson


In most series ...






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Stuck in the Middle

Banes at 4:43AM, March 21, 2019



Stuck in the Middle - Midpoints

I've often found the Midpoint of a story difficult to find and difficult to write.
It's one of the big three pillars in story structure, and it's the
most subtle.

The Midpoint doesn't have the “dragged into a new world” of ...







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Translating Your Webcomic

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 16, 2019



There's a reason why any literature professor worth their salt will urge you to reach a novel or enjoy any piece of literature in the language it was originally written, if you are lucky enough to speak that language: because the author intended every word that you read to ...

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Forgotten abilities and plot holes

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 22, 2019



This is an eternal problem for readers. Writers don't really tend to care about it too much, but readers HATE it!
What am I talking about? Basically, it's when a character gains a power, acquires an item, learns some info or a spell, meets a magical person or ...


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QUACKCAST 414 - Bad Hollywood

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 19, 2019

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Hollywood has a tendency to simplify or completely alter stories to make them more mainstream and appealing to their idea of a popular audience.
In this Quackcast ...




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Look at all this progress!

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 15, 2019

Prepare for a long ass post cause we're here to celebrate all the progress our community of artists have made in 10 years! A couple of weeks back I wrote about the 10 year art challenge, asking for peeps to show off their progress from 2009 and then 2019 ...

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