Tag Archives: stories

Perspectives of Tropes

We all know this topic since I touch on it from time to time.  For those who don’t know, tropes are things that are used very often in a genre.  They are similar to clichés, but not always seen as … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Starting Stories at the Start

Did you know that a story can start at any point?  I’m sure most people did, but they aren’t always easy to pull off.  I’ve never had the urge to start a story from the middle or the end, but … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , | 28 Comments

Questions 3: Setting the Scene

Element two is setting, which is what the picture above mentions.  If characters are the who then this is the what and when.  Setting is always more than just a location, but the time of events as well.  Is it … Continue reading

Posted in Questions 3 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Elements of a Story: The List of 7

Next week, I’m going to be doing a bunch of ‘Questions 3’ that revolve around the elements of a story.  Mostly, I’m curious to see what people think.  This also stemmed from finding a variety of lists for story elements.  … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

#1 Post of 2021: What is Plot Armor?

(Post originally published July 5, 2021.  That was a leap.  Guess things died once the summer started.) I was surprised when I ran into people who had never heard of ‘Plot Armor’.  It’s been around for a while and gets … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

#2 Post of 2021: 7 Tips to Balancing the Humor and the Heavy

(Post originally published on April 5, 2021.  Still in the colder part of that year.) I like to included humor in my stories.  Yet, I don’t want them to be seen as comedies.  I like to touch on heavy topics … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

7 Tips to Writing a Zany Story

Writing a crazy or zany series isn’t easy.  Many people think it is because they believe you just throw everything out there.  Yet, there does have to be something to hold the events and characters together.  Otherwise, you have an … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Questions 3: The Author Vessel/Surrogate/Avatar

Many authors insert either themselves or a version of themselves into a story.  It could be a realistic version or even an idealistic.  Maybe you’re a side character or a cameo, but other times the author may be the protagonist.  … Continue reading

Posted in Questions 3 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Eucatastrophe: It’s a Real Word, Spellchecker

Coined by J.R.R. Tolkien, this type of event is one that closely resembles Deus Ex Machina.  That means people don’t like it.  Tolkien did say that this could happen with the use of Deus Ex Machina, but that isn’t easy … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , | 16 Comments

What’s an Idiot Plot?

I was trying to find what would be the opposite of ‘Plot Armor’ when I came across this term.  It is: Idiot Plot–  The story is only able to continue because everyone involved is an idiot.  This means that they … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , , | 13 Comments