Category Archives: Thoughts

Dealing with Narrator Bias

The terms ‘Narrator Bias’ and ‘Unreliable Narrator’ come up from time to time.  In general, they denote that a story is being told with a skewed point of view.  You get a sense that you aren’t seeing events as they … Continue reading

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Magic Schools Beyond the Norm

Two of the anime my son and I have watched are ‘Fairy Tail’ and ‘Black Clover’.  We finished the former and are halfway through the latter.  He loves these series because they have magic.  I enjoy them too.  It took … Continue reading

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Need a Monster? Make an Animal Gigantic

One of the most common ways to come up with a monster is to simply go large.  These are traditionally called ‘dire’ beasts, which simply means these are animals that are bigger than normal.  They also tend to be more … Continue reading

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Writing an Invasion Storyline

My son and I are watching a series called ‘Black Clover’.  It involves magic and the story arcs have been rather simple.  That is until the underlying story hit the gas and an invasion of the kingdom happened.  One bigger … Continue reading

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What Some Jobs Bring to an Adventure

After talking about how pre-adventuring jobs can add useful skills to an adventurer, I should probably give some examples.  The challenge is that I haven’t held these jobs, so I can easily miss a few things.  In fact, I’m working … Continue reading

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Adventurers with Mundane Jobs

There is a trend in fantasy and adventure stories that I didn’t really notice until recently.  I don’t even know what triggered this thought.  Many adventurers start out in a simple, mundane job.  This is mundane when compared to battling … Continue reading

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#4 of 2022: Third Person POV Post

( This post originally went live on November 16th, 2022.) The one issue I have with writing this post is that omniscient is a pain to write.  I get it wrong half the time.  So, I might cut this short … Continue reading

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The Benefit of Teenage Protagonists

The Young Adult market is pretty bad.  One of its staples is having a teenage protagonist, which gets some interesting responses.  Most people seem to relate to these characters on some levels, but you have the occasional audience member judging … Continue reading

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The Art of Genuine Apologies

This doesn’t have a lot to deal with writing.  It could if you want to know how to have a character genuinely apologize.  Mostly, I’ve run into too many people who do these ‘non-apologies’ and then expect forgiveness.  So, I … Continue reading

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Writing Reactions to Disabled Characters

On the surface, this looks rather easy.  How hard could it be to have one character react to the disability of another?  We all know what we would do, right?  The list isn’t even that long: Ask questions Show sympathy … Continue reading

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