As I started writing my Beowulf retelling back in October, I had a question about one of my antagonists. "Can't he just be a plain, evil villain? Like, he was never a good guy just always evil? Just be an evil being?" And I decided: Why not? Now, I have other antagonists, those of whom … Continue reading Villains: Why Not Just Plain Evil?
I lot of articles have been written on the chosen one trope. Your average Joe is actually a hero, or the one destined to take down the evil overlord, etc. I don't have much to add to the consensus of WRITE CHOSEN ONES BETTER. But there is one thing I have to say, and it all … Continue reading My Thoughts On the Chosen One Trope
Motivation. This is the driving force in any good story. The protagonist has to be motivated to do the THING. If the protagonist isn't motivated, they won't do the THING. Or if they do the THING but aren't motivated, the story won't make a lick of sense. There are plenty of ways to give your … Continue reading Thought on How You Write that Motivation to Get Your Protagonist Out the Door.
Make sure you don't have characters that are wasting everybody's time and oxygen. What I mean is - sometimes characters are put in because they feel necessary. Such as: Your MC: People have friends, right? Let's give them a friend. At school: There are always bullies, right? Here's a bully. At home: They have neighbors, … Continue reading Don’t Have Excess Characters
Backstory. The story before the story. Every character has it - but how much do you need of it? There are TONS of stuff on developing characters backgrounds....I am to divide character backstory into two schools of thought: What the readers needs What the writer needs We'll start with what the Reader needs. ONLY WHAT'S … Continue reading How Much Backstory is Too Much?