Why That Movie Wasn’t a Failure

I've been confused for some time about the complaints of Star Wars fans of The Force Awakens. You have probably heard them... "That's not a story; that's a pitiful fraction of a story." "There wasn't enough character development!" "How can I understand this story? The movie raised more questions than it answered." But the people who say … Continue reading Why That Movie Wasn’t a Failure

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)