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Game On! Creating Character · 4d ago

The Fantasy Skeleton

Last week, we explored Fantasy subgenres. This week, we take a look at the building blocks that make up the story skeleton.In Fantasy, the overall story problem pits good against paranormal ...
Game On! Creating Character · 1W ago

Fantasy Subgenres

Last week, we examined the Con, Heist, & Prison Break skeleton. This week, we begin our examination of the Fantasy skeleton by taking a look at some of the subgenres.High Fantasy encompasses...
Game On! Creating Character · 2W ago

Con, Heist, and Prison Break Skeleton

Last month, we explored the Comedy skeleton. This week, we will explore the Con, Heist, and Prison Break skeleton in which the overall story problem focuses on a person or group that wishes ...
Game On! Creating Character · 3W ago

Injecting Humor into Dialogue

Humor ranges from innocent jokes to darkest satire. What people find funny is highly personal. Something that tickles one person will offend another. What one considers ribald another might ...
Game On! Creating Character · 1M ago

Injecting Humor Plot

For the past two weeks, we have explored Comedy subgenres and conflict layers.This week we take a look at ways to inject humor into the plot.1.       Have characters make silly mistakes or i...
Game On! Creating Character · 1M ago

The Comedy Story Skeleton

Last week, we explored the subgenres of Comedy. Let's take a look at the building blocks for the story skeleton.The Comedy makes your reader laugh while subtly focusing on ideas, ethnicity, ...
Game On! Creating Character · 1M ago

Comedy Subgenres

Let's start our exploration of genres with Comedy. From parody to dark satire, the intent can be to poke gentle fun or outright skewer the tropes of a genre, emphasize the points made throug...
Game On! Creating Character · 2M ago

Story Frame

Last week, I recirculated an older post about A versus B story. While working on the new genre workbooks, I have expanded on that idea. There is a difference between a layered story and a mu...
Game On! Creating Character · 3M ago

Do You Need A B Story?

When I first studied the craft of fiction writing, I was bemused by the term subplot, aka B-story, which is defined as: A plot subordinate to the main plot of a literary work or film.I exami...
Game On! Creating Character · 3M ago

Shifting the Narrative

I responded to a Facebook post by Donald Maass, of Donald Maass Literary Agency, with this observation: "My hobby horse is that writers, and other entertainers, are responsible for the messa...