The Immortal Challenge

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 18, 2022



The idea that an individual (or many) have managed to escape death has always been alluring to creators. being able to live through history, being a constant in an ever-changing world, never having to die, can have its perks: you have innumerable chances to live the ‘good life’, you can ...

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The Reimagining of Myth

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 28, 2022



Mythologies are fascinating. And with good reason. Each set represents centuries, if not millennia, of common unconscious and community narratives about all aspects of human existence: from the big questions of who we are to the wonders and terrors of nature to the wonders and terrors of society.

In short ...



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The AU

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 21, 2022



Anyone that has written or read fanfiction knows that the AU is the Alternate Universe: the placement of a given set of characters that come from a specific IP or franchise or book or movie into a completely different setting, timeline, or even genre.

The LOTR cast might be thrown ...



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Language

Andreas_Helixfinger at 12:00AM, May 8, 2022



As a compulsive - and rather obsessive – writer I often find myself tinkering around with language. And I’ve always found the creativity and imagination that can go into the language within a fictional world to be similar to that of an illustrator. When done well it can bring color and ...

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The Villain Combo Platter

Banes at 12:00AM, April 21, 2022



Back when the Deep Space Nine series was developing into a more serialized kind of story, the writers wanted to define the major threat from the distant Gamma Quadrant. Who was going to be the big villain for the series?

The stakes were pretty high, here - what if the villains ...



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Secret Dens of Evil

Andreas_Helixfinger at 12:00AM, Feb. 13, 2022



Privacy. It’s something we come to appreciate even in our early childhood, don’t we. Forming our own little secret club in a tree house we keep in a remote spot in someones backyard somewhere, for which only our closest friends, and schoolmates of common interests and preferences, may ...

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Being Unsure of the Ending

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 5, 2022



Unless you're winging it 100%, chances are that you have an ending in mind for your story. Perhaps you even have the entire ending scene plotted out in your mind, the layouts ready, even some of the lines or expressions your characters will say and have.

You might have ...



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The Message in Stories

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 15, 2022



There is no story without a theme. Even when written without anything prepared in terms of a message, a story will always give people things to think about and messages drawn from how the story was set up and how it was resolved (if at all).

So I don't ...



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Everyman Heroes

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 13, 2022



Critics, professional or not, identified a trend in many of the…lesser regarded manga and anime series.
It's the “everyman hero”.

This school of thought is that to make a lead character who is identifiable to everyone in the readership or audience. So the lead will be unremarkable, and ...




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Horror within beauty

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 8, 2022



This trope might come in several different packages, but it always involves the same stages: a presence (a character, an apparition, an item, a painting, etc) appears to be perfect, gorgeous, stunningly beautiful, angelic in every way relevant. Then suddenly or gradually, this beauty dissolves into nightmarish horror: the character ...

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