Maintaining and Understanding Relationships

This post is a bit different than the others I’ve done so far, because this is applicable to everyone and not just writers and storytellers. I’ll show at the end how a writer can integrate this into their creations.

As this is a broad subject, my focus is romantic relationships and how they can affect relationships with others.

Many will say a romantic relationship should be 50/50. Let me explain how this fails before we get to the meat of the post. Continue reading

The Real Writing Prompt

In a previous post I addressed how a small writing prompt can propel you forward in a big way. I also mentioned how writing prompts can help you kick off a story by providing you with situations to write about, but that gets old fast. Once you’ve tried one you’ve pretty much tried them all, right?

A lot of people will agree with that, even I do to an extent. So why am I bringing up writing prompts again? Because I’m going to show you how to break the mold and write some of the greatest stories you’ll ever read.

Many years ago I frequently attended a forum and spent most of my time in the fan works section working on projects with some very talented artists and writers, several of which had been published. I learned a great deal from these many talented individuals, from working on group stories together, to editing each others’ works, or to talking different styles of writing.

It was then that I learned about the real writing prompt. Continue reading

Planning your story

A major reason for writer’s block is: not knowing how to move your story forward. Careful planning can help get rid of this entirely.

Consider an architect; they start off with the end image of a building in mind. Then they make plans, measuring out the area, and the height of the building, all the while considering what the building will be used for. Is it a house? A hospital? A skyscraper in New York City? The architect decides what building materials are to be used, balancing cost and effectiveness, before finally starting to actually build their vision.

You are the architect of your story. Continue reading

Creating a three dimensional character

Nearly every character has a piece of the writer in them. Creating characters with differing vocabulary, values, beliefs, and attitudes can be a hard thing for a writer. For some it comes naturally, for others they struggle to create someone unique. Many people can create characters with different skills or abilities but when it comes to a belief system they get trapped. They’re too similar. They’re too much of the person creating them or in such stark contrast from each other it comes off fake. Unfortunately many think the differing of thoughts is solely between a protagonist and an antagonist. If that was the case with Frodo and the rest of the Fellowship then they’d all be pretty boring. Different opinions shouldn’t just be between the good guys and the bad guys, but all the characters. So how do you make everyone have depth? Continue reading

How to create a memorable character

Why is Cecil from the Final Fantasy Universe so beloved?  How did Harry Potter become one of the most recognizable characters on the planet? What makes a character so memorable? Is it the story? Perhaps. Let’s see if we can pick out just a few things to answer that age old question, “Why are they so cool?” Continue reading

How to kill off a character

I posted this several years ago on a forum I used to frequent and have now updated it for your viewing pleasure.

Killing a character can make or break some stories. While subjective to different kinds of writing, it’s a good idea to have the death mean something and the death to match the character. If the death doesn’t match the character then the reader should be able to see why. I’ll touch on this later. Continue reading