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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Building a character

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 1, 2020



A key aspect to creating a strong story is having believable characters. They are, after all, a key backbone to your narrative. So here are three tips that can help you put together a well rounded character.

1. Create a backstory
If you’re naming a character then you got ...




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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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Hedonism and the Experience Machine

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, April 27, 2020



As a sector of the working world scrambles to see how they can move a typical work day to a computer screen, observing a population of people stumbling to transition to face-to-face video conferencing apps like Zoom has been like watching the first ten seconds of an infomercial—the transition ...

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After Marriage

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 25, 2020



Usually in adventures, thrillers and other stories, when the main characters are romantically involved, the B plot (or even the A plot) is the ‘will they/won’t they' question: will they get together in the end, usually with a happy end scene of marriage, or some such thing. Romance ...

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Let the creativity flow

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 24, 2020



Creativity can be an elusive quality and to many, one they can never achieve. However, it is something everyone has, and in this article I’ll go through three ways you can maximise your creative juices.

Make it fun
As kids, we spend a lot of time playing, be with ...




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Cause and Effect Writing Exercise

Banes at 12:00AM, April 23, 2020


classic tale of cause and effect!

Our very own Pickle-Face made a forum topic on the Duck, asking people to create a basic ‘cause and effect’ statement on their comic.

The structure goes something like this: Say what happens, and then what the effect is in the story. This is ...




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QUACKCAST 475 - Tropeagedden! overuse of fashionable tropes...

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 21, 2020

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Certain tropes or stylistic ways of telling a story can get really, really popular and trendy very quickly and it seems like they're everywhere! Suddenly many ...



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Religion As Mythology

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 11, 2020



It's all fine and exciting when using lore and myth to create new stories. Especially when it comes to modern genres like urban fantasy, it can yield pretty alluring and impressive results! From ancient Greek mythology to all kinds of Asian myths and legends, to Norse mythology and Egyptian ...

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