Romantic subplots can be difficult to pull off, especially in contemporary stories. The dynamics of the relationship can be so varied and have their own audiences that will enjoy them. It’s very much a matter of subjective tastes as, for example, I detest love triangles but I know some people love them. Love is a … Continue reading Storytelling Musings: The Love Interest
**Slight spoilers for Harley Merlin #4: Harley Merlin and the First Ritual** While I’ve been praising the Harley Merlin series and especially Harley Merlin #4: Harley Merlin and the First Ritual, there is a strange lack in stakes or at least it doesn’t feel like the stakes are that high. That’s because the antagonist, the … Continue reading Storytelling Musings: Showing the villainy rather than telling it.
One of the major things I noticed in the previous year was that I never really had an consistent schedule for the articles I posted. Often I would aim for a book review a week but that severely hampered my ability to write and draw as well. Then came the various points in 2021 where … Continue reading Posting Schedule for the Year.
Happy New Year!2021, in all honesty, felt like the sequel to 2020 that no one asked for. It was hard to persevere through with all the positives and many many negatives. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected in some adverse way. I know for myself I became even more of a hermit than … Continue reading New Year, Tempered Ambitions
Hello Everyone! Been feeling like a bit of a broken record saying this, but this year has felt particularly exhausting when it comes to trying to return to a sense of normalcy and routine. It’s felt like any work that I’ve done this year has been rather aimless in what I’ve been working towards. That … Continue reading Aimless Progression
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
Worldbuilding is a diverse and monumental challenge for any writer. Creating a world from one’s imagination, whether based on reality, history, or made up completely, presents many difficulties that require careful attention to detail. But how does one start? How does someone create a living, breathing and thriving world in which a story takes place? … Continue reading Discussion in World Building – Geography
Hello Everyone, As many have experienced, the past year and a half has been an incredibly draining and exhausting experience. I’m not sure if this is true for everyone, but I know for myself I felt I’ve regressed as a writer, artist and reviewer. It’s something that’s weighed heavily on me as I’ve tied my … Continue reading The importance of challenge and deadlines
Something I had been reflecting on a lot during my hiatus was my inability to focus on my writing. My ability to focus on art was also affected, but didn’t hit me as hard as the lack of progress I had made in my writing. To me, writing and publishing my story is my core … Continue reading Habits that have helped me become a better writer.
In a character driven story, almost no one wants to watch the characters effortlessly push through the plot without any kind of hurdle or obstacle to overcome. Those kind of stories often tend to be power fantasies that, while entertaining and enjoyable, are often more superficial and focused on a lot of action but very … Continue reading Writing an interesting protagonist – Struggles & Flaws