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About benjaminfrog

Yo. I'm a 30-something Christian guy and published author with a love for gaming, fantasy and sci-fi. I blog about pop culture, living as a young Christian guy, and living with A.S.

Writing Villains (Part 3 – The Doosh)

Actually, Dooshes sometimes end up in the good guy category, but they are generally some sort of antagonist toward whoever the protagonist is, which in its own sense kind of makes them a villain anyway. Though their roles in fiction … Continue reading

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Writing Villains (Part 2 – Sympathetic Villains and Monsters)

Sympathetic Villains These can be interesting if done right, but you have to be very careful. Sympathetic Villains, as mentioned in the last post, are usually villains who hate themselves, or hate what they’ve become, but they don’t see a … Continue reading

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Writing Villains (Part 1 – Personal Villains and Obstacle Villains)

To be clear, when I say “villain” I do not exclusively mean “the antagonist”. Most stories have only one antagonist, but many stories have several villains. In classical literary terms, the Antagonist is generally the primary character (or thing) that … Continue reading

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Writing Heroes (Part 3 – Symbolic Heroes)

Symbolic Heroes can be among the most difficult types of heroes to write, at least in a way that makes them likeable, and I personally avoid them like the plague. The reason is because these characters are intended to represent … Continue reading

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Writing Heroes (Part 2 – Reluctant Heroes and Anti-Heroes)

Reluctant Heroes Another relatable type of hero is the Reluctant Hero. In fact, these sometimes go hand in hand with Unlikely Heroes to make them even more relatable. It is a character who senses they have the option of doing … Continue reading

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Writing Heroes (Part 1 – Unlikely Heroes)

There are many different kinds of hero types used in popular stories, and many different kinds of villains. I’ve only listed a few different kinds in these next few blog posts, and as storytellers get more creative I expect more … Continue reading

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Cause and Effect in your Story

In the next few posts I’ll start talking about how to write Heroes and Villains. Before I do though, there is an important aspect to establish first in your storytelling, which will help you to recognize if your heroes and … Continue reading

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Tension-Killers

Simply put, tension is the only reason your reader will turn the page. It’s the only reason a viewer won’t switch the channel. Without tension, you lose the audience. So what is tension? It’s a question. “Will this happen or … Continue reading

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The Message (Part 3 – Consistency)

Whatever your message, make sure the story you are creating (the world, the characters, the events) is actually compatible. I’ve seen writers completely change characters part way through, or change the way that their world works, in order to try … Continue reading

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The Message (Part 2 – Factual Thinking)

I’m gonna take some time now to talk about how to get messages across when you feel the message is not a very popular one, or one that a lot of people have a hard time accepting. There are many … Continue reading

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