While making my way through the many talks by Patrick Rothfuss one can find on the internet, I stumbled upon an interesting technique that he has infused into his writing. Because he used the example of the Princess Bride (the BOOK) to describe the trick, I'm going to call it 'Morgenstern's Defence' while discussing it … Continue reading Writing Tools – The Lesser Known Sibling of Show, Don’t Tell (The Princess Bride, The Kingkiller Chronicles, and The King’s Avatar)
This rule is one oft repeated by my favourite storyteller on YouTube, Robert 'Rawb' Moran. The idea is simple: start your story off as mainly (around 90%) your comedic style of choice, then slowly introduce more drama. By the end of your story, the average spread should be 50% comedy and 50% drama. If you've done … Continue reading 90% Comedy, 10% Drama – Writing a Comedy Story That Sticks (Catch 22 and Urealms Live)
Recently, I've started to doodle a lot. Because my lack of experience makes me terrible at doing actual drawings, I just keep pen to paper, connect squiggly lines, and make sure that I always betray my own expectations with where my hand is going. Through this method, I create weird pictures that have the same … Continue reading Writing Tools – Build a Uniquely Horrific Creature Workshop
If we're going by the obvious definition, a perfect story is one that ticks all of the boxes. Of course, this is a hard task to achieve, as it requires ticking infinite boxes with a finite amount of time and space. The real question is: "What is YOUR perfect story?"
I think it is a mistake to see villains and heroes as different things. If we break them down into definitions, aren't the two the same, separated only by perspective? I would define a hero as someone with a distinct and 'good' goal, as well as possessing or working towards the power to achieve … Continue reading The Villain and the Hero – That Deadly Waltz
Books about video games really excite me, because I am a nerd that was raised by them. Join me as I discuss the stories that I feel best show how gaming culture is currently explored in novels.
The first season of Log Horizon is one of my favourite anime of all time. Perhaps the time that I watched it, right after SAO, is the reason that I could disregard its faults, but that is beside the point. Log Horizon is the sort of show that tackles ideas only it could handle. Of … Continue reading Log Horizon – Forgetting Your Appeal