Getting Inspiration

Tantz_Aerine at 2:14AM, July 13, 2019



Inspiration is a flighty and whimsical thing. We don't know when we'll get it and sometimes we never do when we need it. Even others, we get it when we least need it, or when we can't use it. Or when we're sleeping, and lose it ...

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Whitewashing, Blackwashing and all that Jazz

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 6, 2019




So by now, anyone who is on Twitter (and possibly other social media I dare not touch) is aware of this whole kerfuffle over the newest Disney live action remake, which happens to be The Little Mermaid. It has been announced that Ariel will be played by an actress who ...


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Bailing

Banes at 12:00AM, June 6, 2019



When do you bail on a series, movie or story?

We had a pretty fine conversation on the Quackcast last week that wandered into the category of “endings” and when they're set up well vs badly and such. I had a similar convo today with someone about various series ...



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The Creative Divide

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 27, 2019



Any creative person knows that the hardest thing can be to find an audience for your work. On one side of the great divide we have the creatives (the writers, artists, fashion designers, architects, musicians, dancers etc), and on the other we have the consumers. Those consumers have a voracious ...

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A Short List of Writing Tips

Banes at 12:00AM, April 11, 2019

I watched a great series of interview clips with a writer/producer/teacher named Dr. Ken Atchity on the Film Courage channel. He talks about screenwriting, and productive creativity in general. Great interviews from a guy who I find quite inspiring, and in a down-to-earth kind of way.

Here's ...

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The Use of Nightmares

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 30, 2019




When they happen, nightmares can be anything from a terrible experience to a nuisance that can be settled with a warm cup of tea or chocolate. And while they harp on our peace of mind and our precious time asleep, the general consensus among psychologists is that, if it isn ...


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Don't Sweat The Details

Amelius at 9:27AM, Feb. 3, 2019



What is a character? A miserable little pile of traits! Except no, there is more to a character than a collection of likes and dislikes. There are varying opinions on the importance of character versus plot, with some authors viewing all characters as a mere tool to drive plot forward ...

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Exposition - Just the tip

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Jan. 11, 2019



In a nutshell, exposition is a big ole mound of information that the author wants the reader to know before they move on in the plot. It often gets a bad rap but that is usually due to it being used incorrectly. There is definitely a place for exposition so ...

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The Double Edged Sword of Stereotyping

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 24, 2018



Stereotypes permeate our every day lives. Whether we like it or not, our brains are wired for making quick estimations and judgments based on patterns and pattern recognition.

This very pattern we're looking for to identify at a glance is what a stereotype is. And it's very useful ...



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