Why, yes, it’s less than half an hour to midnight, November 1, the start of National Novel Writing Month. It’s the NaNoLoGo If you haven’t heard, participants pledge to write 50,000 words of an original novel during the month of November. Now, 50,000 words isn’t quite really a novel (unless it’s a cheesy light novel […]Read more "It’s That Time Again"
Black Lagoon is one of my first and one of my favorite series, and also the subject of the first substantive post for this blog, about Stealth Storytelling. You see, the deal is this: Black Lagoon constantly dangles Rebecca “Revy” Lee in front of you. She’s violent, sexy, profane, and sometimes profound, a whirlwind of […]Read more "Character Analysis: Rock"
Kino’s Journey is one of those stories where the journey is the purpose of the ride, if you catch my meaning. Kino, on her talking motorcycle Hermes, drives from country to country experiencing the nature of each country. Kino is what I call a blank character. We don’t know a lot about her: her design […]Read more "The Blank Character: Kino’s Journey"
We keep talking about how conflict is what makes a story interesting. That’s not completely true, I think. If you have a character people genuinely like (or dislike, for that matter) people will watch that character in action. But oftentimes as we watch the character, it’s because the character is DOING SOMETHING, usually something that […]Read more "Conflict and You! A Primer"
Everyone says good things about Violet Evergarden. I’m part of everyone. I thought it hit like a truck, beautiful and brutal, absolutely marvelous. Wonderful series. So: How do you cook a Violet Evergarden? Well, if your series is named after a girl named Violet Evergarden, maybe she needs to be a really good character. And […]Read more "How To Cook a Series: Violet Evergarden"