I know I said I would be focusing more on book reviews but watching The Dragon Prince Season 4 on Netflix, I came to realize something. This was one of the only stories that came to recent memory I could think of that incorporates progressive and inclusive values in a natural way that’s appropriate to … Continue reading Story Review: Dragon Prince Season 4
When I first heard about this show, my immediate reaction was hesitancy followed up by fear for what they would do to the story I grew up with. The Lord of the Rings was always a very special story to me as it heavily influenced my own writing and the themes I love to see. … Continue reading Story Review: The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power Season 1
This is a bit of an abstract concept though it sounds super simple in its description. It’s no surprise that tension is a critical component for any compelling narrative. Without a tangible sense of suspense throughout a story, the drama feels hollow as nothing feels like a big deal within the narrative. But sometimes it … Continue reading Storymusing – The use of Tension in Writing
Now this is a bit of a departure from my normal reviews. Usually I’m only concerned with book reviews as it’s the medium I have the most experience in as both a reader and a writer. However, I have to admit, I was blown away with how well Riot adapted their in-game lore for League … Continue reading Story Review: Arcane by Riot Games
Over the past few months, I had been struggling with progressing book 3’s story. I thought I had everything planned out and set to write this sequel without issue. However, similar to book 1 and 2, as I wrote, I started to notice other characters and story elements were developing far more than I had … Continue reading Discussion in World Building – Community, Society and History
The death of a character is an emotional roller coaster for most. Some people will say it adds spice and excitement to a story however it can also do the opposite. Depending on the character, it can be intensely depressing or it can bring about a somber peace. With the exception of stories involving resurrection, … Continue reading Why Character Deaths aren’t necessarily a good thing.
While reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen, I couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow at the adventures of Thor, Loki and Odin. We live in a time where characters are expected to be deep and often complicated with various emotions. My first criticism of any story I read is whether or not the characters are … Continue reading Character Design : How do you write a deity?
Have you ever seen the development of a character that was so well done you can't help but think "My god that was beautiful"? I honestly felt that after watching the "Honor and Glory" Overwatch movie from Blizzard. It actually made my eyes well up. If you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend watching … Continue reading The Impact of a Well Designed Character
A sketch and then inked character design for a character in the series I am writing. Character design can be used for many things, but most importantly to tell the observer about the character. Take this lovely young lady for example. Observing this picture, you can tell some of her traits: - The rather modest … Continue reading Opinions and Advice from an Amateur Artist of 9 years
Possibly one of the most terrifying prospects that a new writer could face, the judgement of others on one's own story. Friends and family are one thing, but sharing your hopefully promising story with the public can be a challenge to many who feel that their novel, while full of potential, may not be appreciated … Continue reading Sharing Your Novel With The World