Expressing Theme

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 27, 2020



We've talked before about theme in these Newsposts.

Many people know what a theme is, but just to set it up right, theme is what a story is about, on a deeper level. It's about the journey the character is taking. It's the larger “point” of the ...



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World building basics (Part 2 - Society and culture)

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 21, 2020



Last week, I went into the basics of building your fictional worlds. We’re continuing on with our second instalment where we’ll dive a bit deeper into the nitty gritty of world building. Without further ado…

What’s your world’s system of government?
Politics plays a large role ...




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The Icons - Jughead

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 6, 2020



I'm not sure who the first fictional character was that I became attached to. The Cat in the Hat? Superman or Batman? Animal from the Muppets? Oscar the Grouch?

In any case, Jughead Jones was somewhere in that very early group of beloved characters. I liked Archie, and envied ...



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Naming your worlds

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 24, 2020



Naming towns, cities or worlds can be a challenge. A name speaks volumes when it comes to world building so the pressure to get it right is real. To help overcome the struggle of finding the perfect name, here are some tips you can use to really nail it.

Consider ...



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Mentors

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 9, 2020



I like mentor characters.

This is not just me of course; the mentor and protagonist relationship is powerful. Some of the best moments in many stories are the first encounter with the mentor, the training and sense of discovery for the protagonist, and the eventual loss of the mentor character ...



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Writing your hopes and fears

Banes at 12:00AM, Nov. 28, 2019


Do the things you draw come true?

At the end of Annie Hall, Woody Allen's character writes a play that recreates his breakup with Annie. But in the fictional version, they stay together and the romance continues. Narrating the movie, Woody apologizes to the movie's audience and says ...


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Reinventing the Archie Comic to Riverdale TV Series

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Oct. 7, 2019



I decided to give the first episode of Riverdale chance after seeing lots of its merchandise advertised in the local Hot Topic and several teenagers recommending it. If anyone is late to the party (as I was), Riverdale is a series based off of the 1939 Archie Comics. It shares ...

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Design Language

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 1, 2019



When you're creating the look of your fictional world what can really help you in the design of the look and feel of it is coming up with a “Design Language”.
What I mean by this is the theme of the overall look of things and the reasons for ...


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Emotional Impact

Amelius at 1:10PM, April 14, 2019



Have you ever read something and it gave you the “feels?” Something that was so intense that you couldn't help but feel the emotional truth of a fictional moment in time? In many ways that is the highest form of our art, and possibly any art; to communicate an ...

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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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