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 …

Blind Obsession in Characters

As we grow towards May and I, to the online course on comedy with Steve Martin, I’m thinking about what makes comedy effective. The Story Toolkit was speaking to  Blind Obsession and used It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as a perfect example of how to create great comedic characters. What is a character’s “blind obsession”? Many people consider creating character flaws. …

Virtue and Vice in Polarization

In a previous post I spoke about Polarising Your Cast. I hope to provide some updated ideas as to use other concepts that can provide polarization for larger groups than just the head, heart, and guts. Consider for example the classical Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Heavenly Virtues. The benefit is you can focus on a collision of Virtues versus Vice …