The Dynamic use of Space

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, March 5, 2021



The physical space that a character inhabits often seems far more passive than it really is. Space is more than a matter of creating a backdrop, though. Why is it that some characters feel as if they’re moving against a wall paper background while others inhabit a far more ...

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One is a Tragedy, A Thousand's A Statistic

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 30, 2021



The original quote from which the title is derived is attributed to Joseph Stalin. And while it can sound cynical and harsh, it is unfortunately true: the human mind boggles beyond a cut off point when it comes to grasping numbers tangibly, not theoretically. When the numbers become too high ...

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When Nothing Is Normal

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 9, 2021



Usually when building a character, we go for their general personality in terms of traits, the routine/general behavior they would display, the routine/general things that would interest them and so on.

If you are writing a slice of life story, or a sitcom style series, or anything that ...



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QUACKCAST 512 - Fire and Ice Commentary

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Jan. 5, 2021

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Happy 2021 everybody!!!!! For this fun first of year Quackcast We do a commentary and reaction to the Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta classic sword and sorcery ...



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Back From The Dead

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 2, 2021



So we've talked often about how letting a character die in a story is something that should be used very frugally, because once death occurs, it should be permanent. In most settings, death shouldn't be something that is reversible. If not, it will lose its impact, and the ...

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Exploiting Death

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 19, 2020




When a character the story's cast and audience identify and are familiar with dies, the effect is, or should be, monumental.

Not only because that effectively ends that character's journey (and arc), but also because as an event it has immediate ramifications for all the surviving characters.

First ...






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The Characters Bring The Tension

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 7, 2020



When building tension, it's imperative to have high stakes within your story. It doesn't matter what kind of story it is. It could be a story about huge risks, like the end of the world or even the universe, or it could be a story about a girl ...

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Happy Halloween! How's your Memento Mori?

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 31, 2020



Halloween, aka Eve of All Saints, is a Day of the Dead.

Days of the Dead exist in nearly every culture. There's the famous Dia de Muertos from Mexico, but there are also less known ones.

For example, in Greece we got “Soul Saturdays” which are basically two Saturdays ...





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Shuffling a character off this mortal coil

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Oct. 30, 2020



Whether it be planned from the beginning, or a sudden decision, some characters just have to go. As a creator, one should endeavour to do it for the right reasons. Shuffling off this mortal coil may be a catalysing event for the plot, a much needed kick for the protagonist ...

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Romanticising Something Terrible

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 24, 2020



Who doesn't love pirates?

Kids love to dress up as them in Halloween or during carnival season. There was whole a whole era of Hollywood where pirate movies were the blockbuster vein of gold. Pirates in fiction are charming, fun, dastardly, and the epitome of adventure.

Pirates in real ...





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