Choosing the Right Villain

When I decided on my NaNoWriMo project this year, I thought I knew what I was doing. Sequel to my previous work Respawned, the characters had a preexisting pickle they were stuck in, and it should have been simple to plot. And then I had to “assign an antagonist,” and it all fell apart. Continue reading “Choosing the Right Villain”

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The Universal Value of a Good Outline

Talking with my family over dinner one recent evening, the topic of conversation came around to outlines. They’re an integral part of writing, but I hadn’t realized just how useful a good outline is in completely different careers. I used to aspire to be a pantser (one who manages to sit down and write a book from their heart with minimal input) and now I’m very firmly a plotter, as I always have been. Aka, one who uses outlines. Continue reading “The Universal Value of a Good Outline”

Disappointing Endings

Finally, months after most of them finished, I’m catching up on the TV shows I watch. Unfortunately, for the most part, I am underwhelmed, and even the ones I liked were usually depressing. (Seriously! Is no one on TV allowed to have a happy ending anymore?) But it got me thinking about story endings, and what makes them good or bad. Continue reading “Disappointing Endings”

I Am Boring

It’s really hard to figure out what to blog about when I have no particular areas of expertise and am not a very interesting person. I’m not. I don’t go interesting places, I stick pretty much to myself so it’s not like I’m getting into these crazy adventures all the time with my friends. Not that I don’t still have adventures, they’re just spaced out. I have my schedule and my to-do lists that I follow. I go to work, I come home and write, watch a bunch of TV. Continue reading “I Am Boring”

Making a Good Series Finale

(Last one, I promise!) In case it isn’t clear, I really enjoyed Star Wars Rebels and I think people should watch it if they like Star Wars and cartoons. It’s a fun series, and there’s a lot of things I think they did right when they told these stories. I know I said rules in the title, but it’s really more a set of observations about things that work well. Not all of them apply to all stories, and some of them might just be fun story elements for all I know.

Anyhow, here’s a few things that make a good series finale. Continue reading “Making a Good Series Finale”