Writing Writers

Banes at 12:00AM, June 24, 2021



I read some writing…advice? Or commentary? Or something like that years ago that pointed out how often amateur writers will create Protagonists who are writers. If I'm remembering correctly, this was expressed as a bad thing, probably because it's overdone. On the one hand, they say write ...

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The Unseen Enemy

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 12, 2021



Protagonists are always in need of antagonists.

Usually, those are visible, concrete, specific: the protagonists are up against someone or someones who are obstructing their way to attaining their goal. Some are even so powerfully clashing against each other that they are nemeses. Superman and Lex Luthor, Batman and the ...



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Different Variations of Protagonist

Banes at 12:00AM, June 10, 2021



When we think of a Protagonist, the standard type that comes to mind is the underdog, maybe a young character who goes on a difficult journey and learns some lessons and faces many challenges, or a capable person who gets in way over their head in some kind of intriguing ...

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Protagonist, Antagonist and Villain

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 14, 2021



Over the past couple weeks I watched and loved Cobra Kai. There are multiple articles that I could write about this show.

It's an ensemble cast, and I guess Johnny and Daniel could be called co-Protagonists. I actually think Johnny is the Protagonist, Daniel the Antagonist and Kreese is ...



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No Antagonist, No Arc

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 27, 2020



I grabbed the Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey 2-pack and rewatched then after many years. I knew those movies well when I was a youngster, especially the first one. Many, many repeat viewings. Both movies held up REALLY well, and feature “Fool ...

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QUACKCAST 477 - Darkest before dawn

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 5, 2020

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Today on this glorious date we chat about that part in stories where everything turns to crap for the protagonists, just before the run up to the ...



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Cause and Effect Writing Exercise

Banes at 12:00AM, April 23, 2020


classic tale of cause and effect!

Our very own Pickle-Face made a forum topic on the Duck, asking people to create a basic ‘cause and effect’ statement on their comic.

The structure goes something like this: Say what happens, and then what the effect is in the story. This is ...




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Asymmetric Threats

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 28, 2020



“Asymmetric threats” is a military term. It is defined as “an unequal balance or when thinking about threats, an unfair advantage to the perpetrator. Phillips, A (2012) provided an excellent overview of what an asymmetric threat is. He described attacks of this nature to be undetectable, and once occurred, impossible ...

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Expressing Theme

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 27, 2020



We've talked before about theme in these Newsposts.

Many people know what a theme is, but just to set it up right, theme is what a story is about, on a deeper level. It's about the journey the character is taking. It's the larger “point” of the ...



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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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