Writing Women, Writing Men

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 31, 2021



We've all seen the cringy dialogue. The weirdly stereotypical and awkward situations. The sheer effort of the script writer, the novelist, or the comic book writer to write someone they don't know: a woman, or a man.


Too often the problem is very stark when comparing character designs ...




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Storytelling, Once Removed

Banes at 12:00AM, July 29, 2021



I was fishing for smelts the other day and scooped up an old bottle, with a rolled-up paper inside. It contained the following:

In older literature I think it was common to have a story told by a narrator who was never a part of the action. Someone who may ...



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Interviewing Miranda of "Into the Swell"

damehelsing at 12:00AM, July 25, 2021



Hello ducklings! I’m back with another interview, and this time we’ve got our wonderful sea captain Miranda! So, Captain Miranda, please introduce yourself!!

Miranda: Hello ducklings! I'm Miranda! I'm a full time computer engineer and in my spare time I enjoy baking, doing puzzles, playing video ...



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Reverse Engineering Conflict Part One

Banes at 12:00AM, July 22, 2021


Reverse-Engineering Conflict in a Story
part one

Conflict is the basic material of a scene, and of a story. I've talked a lot over the years about structure and genre, and how all that stuff can work.

Another way to create a new story, and new characters, is to ...





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The Duck: REANIMATED

damehelsing at 12:00AM, July 18, 2021



Hello hello hello!!!!

To all those who were wondering, The Duck’s Anthology “The Duck: REANIMATED” IS FINALLY OUT!

It is here boys and girls, lad and lasses, my people with dummy thicc asses.

BUY IT HERE!

A lot of work and love went into this anthology, and I am ...









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Annnd we're back!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 17, 2021

Sorry for the down time! We had an issue with the renewal for our SSL certificate and some other problems that all went wrong after that. Alexey is cheeking on it now. It came at an awkward time- late at night on a Friday. There wasn't much we could ...

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Struggling Together

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 17, 2021



So this is a trope that unfortunately is very true in life as well. TV tropes calls it “We ARE Struggling Together” and I call it ‘the divided front’.

When the Big Bad is so bad that everyone agrees to set aside their differences to fight it off, then usually ...



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QUACKCAST 539 - Schemers!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 13, 2021

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Listen on Stitcher ​​- https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/drunkduck-quackcast
Or TuneinRadio - https://tunein.com/podcasts/Books–Literature/Drunkduck-Quackcast-p1150194/

Schemers can be part of some great stories when they're done well! When they're done badly though they're very annoying! Schemers, plotters and planers ...



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Thems fighting words

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 9, 2021



Conflict in a story is not only necessary, it can be the juiciest part of your comic. Think about it! We often remember and recount the parts of a movie, comic or show where the emotions were the strongest. A solid vitriolic scene can result in one hell of a ...

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Layers in Character

Banes at 12:00AM, July 8, 2021


Welcome to my Underground Layers

-Banes, your pop culture references are as on point as ever!



I've talked about story structure here many times, normally in similar ways.
A different approach to character and story, one I haven't used much personally, is what we could call the “onion ...







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