Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ordinary vs. Extraordinary Protagonists

When you are raised on Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and other classic hero’s journey stories, it is all too tempting to begin with an ordinary protagonist who is thrown into extraordinary circumstances. It increases … Continue reading

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Pilot Episodes

I wrote yesterday about episodic plotting, and how it can be a great way to combine a short attention span with a desire for a longer work. While yesterday’s post was about generic episode development, today’s is more specifically about pilot … Continue reading

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Episode Development

In a college class on Fantasy Literature I read a collection of Conan the Barbarian stories by Robert E. Howard (The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian). I was struck by the idea that these separate short stories telling the various … Continue reading

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The Phoenix from the Ashes

Sometimes confronting your greatest doubts—contemplating the end—can be… freeing. Stepping back from the harsh taskmasters of your dreams and the pressures of your goals can allow you to look at creativity as a more fluid process. I’m returning to writing … Continue reading

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The Nature of Creative Expression

[Warning: whining about my creative difficulties ahead… but also I think an interesting exploration of the creative process] Creativity is a remarkable thing. As far as I am aware, it is a uniquely human thing. Not everyone does it, or … Continue reading

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One in the Crowd

You see a summary of the new book (or movie, or TV show) that everyone is talking about. And it looks pretty good… but wait. Wait a minute. That sounds like… But it can’t be… Yep. It sounds exactly like … Continue reading

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Practice

A good way to approach writing is to separate it into two parts: the writing, and then everything that comes after. And you don’t think about the latter while immersed in the former. At least, I’m working on that strategy, … Continue reading

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