The Work of the Mentor

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Oct. 17, 2020




Might as well get it out of the way: if you're a mentor in a story, chances are you're going on a boatride over the river Styx at some point.

When a mentor dies it's often the signal that the main character, the one being mentored, is ...




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All is Lost

Banes at 12:00AM, April 30, 2020



I've talked many times about story structure. Even with a structural approach, there are a lot of questions to be answered, struggles to be had, and hard thinking to be done to make a story work.

One big moment that I like thinking about early in the writing is ...



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Writing Wise Folk

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 1, 2020



Wise men are like valuable spice for a story. They are also a wonderful plot device, or an extremely cheesy one, depending on how the character is used and written.

Wise men (and women) are often the moral compass to the main characters, or hold some kind of answer to ...



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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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Reflection Characters

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 2, 2020




Reflection Characters

When I was doing a little reading on the “Mentor” character type, I learned about something called “Reflection Characters”. It was an eye opener; I'd never heard of this before, though I could instantly see how it made sense in storytelling, and dozens of examples came to ...




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Static characters

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Oct. 4, 2019



A dynamic character is one that undergoes important changes or developments over the course of the story. They learn lessons, come to realisations and are ultimately a different person, be it for good or bad, by the end of the narrative. A static character is, put simply, the opposite of ...

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The Problem With Monopolies

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Sept. 28, 2019



A dynamic character is one that undergoes important changes or developments over the course of the story. They learn lessons, come to realisations and are ultimately a different person, be it for good or bad, by the end of the narrative. A static character is, put simply, the opposite of ...

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QUACKCAST 437 - Old Warhorse

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 30, 2019

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Today we cover the interesting trope of the “old warrior”. This was based upon a newspost Banes came up with last week. He was thinking of Captain ...



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The Oversimplification of a Child Hero's World

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 1, 2019



Happy June 1st everyone!

I have been youtube-crawling today around the cinema pop-culture side. And as I was watching assorted comments and commentary on a whole lot of YA (i.e. Young Adult) and children's books and TV/film/animation series, from Harry Potter to The Last Airbender to ...



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Character voice

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 31, 2019




If you want to design a memorable character it doesn’t just stop at their looks. How they speak, write and use body language is integral to who they are as a person as well as how other character’s may react to them. When you read a comic or ...


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