The Phases of the Hero’s Journey

If all you have is a hammer, then every story you see is “The Hero’s Journey”… Every once in a while I’m blessed to be asked to join Don and Rob in their epic podcast The Department of Nerdly Affairs. If you love all things nerdy and geeky, you really should subscribe. Certainly, some of those discussions we have are …

Character Arcs

One of my favourite writer/educators is Craig Robotham. The endlessly inventive creator of Weird World Studios. Craig always has a fascinating take on the nuts and bolts of writing. Here’s his latest look at how to work on Character Arcs Made Easy: Character Arcs Made Easy microphone by Miyukiko © 2013 A SIMPLE WAY TO UNDERSTAND CHARACTER ARCS It’s been …

Don’t Phone it In Anymore

The most frustrating part modern day teaching is seeing five or six hands shoot up automatically. “I don’t get it,” is the usual complaint. “What don’t you get?” “The whole thing. I don’t understand.” “Did you read it?” “No…” “Well, once you’ve read it. Think about it. Come up with some options, and if you’re still struggling with the problem …

Dude… Your Audio Drama Lost Me

Why? What happened? What is this? These are three questions that almost always turn me off of listening to a full episode of audio drama. You can play with these questions, but beware that your audience will get frustrated or bored and turn off. If your listeners are tuning out, here could be some of the reasons: 1. Where are …

Writing and Aging

One of my writing heroes in “The Contemporaries” (which is what I’m calling this era) is Craig Robotham creator of Weird World Studios. A tireless writer, educator, and innovator every time he makes a post on writing I take note. Here’s another great one on the subject of writing while aging. Take notes yourself! You know how a random thought …

Light for the Path/Cast the Shadows

Before there was A New Hope, there was only Star Wars. Depending on which interview with George Lucas, there was only ever going to be one, then a trilogy, then nine, then only six, and then ‘no there were nine planned all along’, then of course actually there were a pile of spin offs planned, some even with Wookies. If only …

Crooked Spine?

Writer extraordinaire, Rob Paterson has a great post about the S.P.I.N.E. of Writing. on his blog. Rob points out that for a story to be successful it must have at least one of the following five elements of the SPINE: Skills – If a story teaches the audience how to do something, whether it’s growing plants, judging wine, star-ship tactical combat, …

Artwork, Artwork, Artwork

Artwork is the bane of my existence. I can’t do it, but I crave it. Like a celiac craves fresh bread. At least, in my mind they would crave it. Oh wheat, you’re so bad for me, and I love you. Artwork. I’m on the hunt for someone who can draw in the old style of comics like Alex Raymond …

Dimensions in Stereo

Hate stereotypical characters? Don’t! They give a lot of great clues about humanity. Why do people use stereotypes? How do they get developed? Stereotypes tend to be cultural, religious, or sexual in nature, and they often develop through the need of human beings to order everything we perceive in the world. I remember the first time said, “People shouldn’t judge” …

Dimension X

The Story Toolkit Podcast speaks about character dimension in several of their episodes. Dimensions provide depth and clear understanding as to how characters react in various scenes. So, what exactly IS character dimension? Dimensions take a character flaw and unveil the central conflict. I’m not speaking so much of the minor, major, or tragic flaws but rather the inherent conflicts …