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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Mind Games

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 24, 2021




Sometimes the arch villain of the story is the one pulling all the strings in the background, and the protagonists don't know about them until the endgame.

And other times, the arch villain gets to clash with a protagonist (or an opposing character) that is also a mastermind pulling ...




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Speaking in tongues - Character voice

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 23, 2021



Designing memorable characters doesn’t just stop at their appearance. The manner in which they speak and use body language is integral to building a full picture of who they are as a character as well as how others react to them. Here are some tips on how to make ...

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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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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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Story Seeds

Banes at 12:00AM, July 15, 2021



In the early parts of the story, it helps the quality of the thing and the experience of the audience to layer in the details that will come into play later.

These are little character and world details that will come into play later - the sword that falls off the ...



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QUACKCAST 539 - Schemers!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 13, 2021

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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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It's the little things

damehelsing at 12:00AM, July 11, 2021



There’s always an issue every artist has at some point and that is having stiff looking characters.

It is incredibly hard to actually have a fluid looking character. Also because, as humans, we are kind of stiff. Not every single person moves smoothly like a Disney character gliding across ...



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The Test of Character

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, July 10, 2021



If you are in a fairy tale and encounter an Old Woman… never take that meeting lightly. It's usually a test of character: the manner in which you respond to her will be a measure of how kind, decisive, clever, obliging, evil, rude, crass, abusive, or idiotic you are ...

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