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by Rath Darkblade
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: How to write funny
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: How to write funny

OK... he's obviously talking about subverting the audience's expectations. That's one way to write funny. ;) So, here's one thing I did: the setting is Britain in Roman times. The Romans have landed and advancing on a small fishing village, where there's a kid called Will Shake-the-Spear. (So called...
by Rath Darkblade
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Flawed characters v dumb characters
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: Flawed characters v dumb characters

Yep. Let's hide behind the chainsaws! :twisted: And yes, women always trip in horror movies. :lol: Good ideas there. The 100% Perfect character is a snooze-bucket. The Too Dumb To Live character contributes to a DNF. Ways to solve this? Give your Perfect character a flaw - he's a drunk, or a womanis...
by Rath Darkblade
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: The balance between character and action
Replies: 3
Views: 35

Re: The balance between character and action

Yeah ... making a reader care about your character is difficult. :| So difficult, indeed, that I was thinking of investing in a "In case of stress, Bang Head Here" sign. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51UMxeMsAeL.jpg But then, to relieve stress, I watched Brian Blessed Co...
by Rath Darkblade
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Comma, anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: Comma, anyone?

You'll get no argument from me, I think.

The article is clear, concise, and chock-full of good advice.

And so I close by saying: nope, this article definitely doesn't leave me "commatose"! :)
by Rath Darkblade
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: How To Create A Scientifically Plausible Alien Life Form
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Re: How To Create A Scientifically Plausible Alien Life Form

First rule: do not create Star Trek or Star Wars aliens (which are just humans with silly masks). :) I'm not writing a SF novel, but the one I'm writing now - a blend of history, mythology, and fantasy - is similar. How do you create interesting monsters, and not just humans with funny masks? Also, ...
by Rath Darkblade
Fri, 05 Oct 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: The problem with perfect.
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: The problem with perfect.

And that's how writers find out how to get 120% out of their day - or is it more? :lol: [there isn't a smiley with manic laughter, so this will do] I think you mean this one ... :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: Mwa ha ha! *adjusts fez, twists moustaches, a la this guy...* https://static.tvtropes.org/p...
by Rath Darkblade
Thu, 04 Oct 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: The problem with perfect.
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: The problem with perfect.

Don't forget 5% staring into space, 4% petting the cat, and 1% writer's slump and wishing that I could bang my head on the desk. ;)
by Rath Darkblade
Sat, 29 Sep 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: How to End a Story/Novel
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: How to End a Story/Novel

The professor would have called the eagles intervention eucatastrophe, but yes Return of the King does have too many endings. I agree that RotK has too many endings, but then Tolkien had waaaaay too many characters and I guess that he wanted to close all their stories. Otherwise sharp-eyed readers ...
by Rath Darkblade
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: How to End a Story/Novel
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: How to End a Story/Novel

Hmm... yes, I agree that the deus ex machina has been done to death. Bleh.

J. R. R. Tolkien, both in "The Hobbit" and in "Return of the King", has a eagle ex machina ending - but we know that the eagles are not on Sauron's side, so I think we can forgive Prof. Tolkien. ;)
by Rath Darkblade
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: 7 of the most over-used tropes in sff
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: 7 of the most over-used tropes in sff

PaulE wrote:One they missed, making an "exotic" alien race a copy of a specific Earth culture (I think Japan is probably the most over-used). That's just lazy world-building.


The original Star Trek is guilty of that, too.

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