The Bad Dinosaur, Part 2

Did you miss Part 1? If so, go read that first and then come back here for the finale of my first official movie rant.  Alas, my hopes for the rest of the film were instead dashed on the superbly-animated rocks, for the remainder of the film had a lot of story problems, all of … Continue reading The Bad Dinosaur, Part 2

What Marvel Taught Me About Writing, Part One

I haven't made any secret of the fact that, basically, I don't like Marvel movies. Don't get me wrong. Superhero stories are a wonderful subgenre, just like every other kind of story (except perhaps vampire romances... but that's a post for another time). If well-done, a superhero movie can be pretty darn awesome. Take Batman Begins, … Continue reading What Marvel Taught Me About Writing, Part One

She-Elves, Princesses, and Assassins: Let’s Bust Some Archetypes

Confession time. We writers, especially young writers like myself, pride ourselves on breaking stereotypes and making the world of literature a better place. We purge our stories of anything that even hints of cliche and strive to write earth-shattering plot twists. We find the cleverest ways to work in a "soapbox theme" without coming across as preachy. Occasionally, we … Continue reading She-Elves, Princesses, and Assassins: Let’s Bust Some Archetypes

What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part Two)

What to do about exposition? In the last post, I effectively deprived us of the three most popular devices for handling it; what remains in your writer's toolbox? We cannot simply leave the backstory out and expect the reader to keep up. For one thing, some amount of explanation is absolutely necessary to tell an intelligible … Continue reading What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part Two)

What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part 1)

Let's be honest, fellow fantasy writers. Plenty of authors have turned the word "exposition" almost into a curse word, and we with our epic plots and magic battles are the worst offenders. The very mention of the e-word makes all of us shudder, writer and reader alike, and yet when readers pick up a new fantasy … Continue reading What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part 1)