Choosing Your Genre

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 1, 2020




For better or for worse, we are creatures of categorizations. We love to label things, and to sort them into neat little boxes so that we are absolutely certain we know what to expect when dealing with each one. It is that sense of familiarity that we are looking for ...


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Stock images and backgrounds

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 24, 2020



My comic partner and I are in the process of updating one of our comic series. We’re doing this in part to fill some plot holes (and potentially dig some new ones). However we’re also updating the artwork as it is quite old now and doesn’t match ...

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The Importance of Plot

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 18, 2020



I have this gig where I make summaries for new books that come out- a shortcut, if you like, for those who want to appear bookish without actually reading the damn thing. Or perhaps they are just looking to see if the actual book is worth their time.

This book ...



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How Little and How Much?

Banes at 12:00AM, July 16, 2020



In the early weeks of the pandemic, I started updating my comic more. Shortly after that, I took two weeks off work and went even harder.

I was updating furiously, at least in comparison to what I'd been doing for a year or two previous. In fact, after about ...



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Retconing and redoing

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 26, 2020



A few weeks ago, my comic partner and I finished up the second season of one of our webcomic after which we took our usual season hiatus. During this time we work out what to do in the next season, what to include and what to cut from our outline ...

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Writing More Than You Know

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 13, 2020



We're all aware of the classic tennet for writers and creators of all stories- write what you know in order for the story to be good.

We've explored before what it means to write what you know, and where this rule should be adhered to: at the core ...



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Revisionist Historical Fiction

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 30, 2020



So over here on Greek TV, there's this very popular drama series that happens to be set in a Greek mainland village in the 1950s, and sells itself as ‘authentically representing an era’. It started off very promising, as a crime drama + family drama kind of story where three ...

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QUACKCAST 479 - Big ideas in fiction

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 19, 2020

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Or TuneinRadio - https://tunein.com/podcasts/Books–Literature/Drunkduck-Quackcast-p1150194/

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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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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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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