Category Archives: Storytelling

One Punch Man – (a TV review slash analysis)

‘One Punch Man’ – if you read that and think “How can that possibly be interesting?” then you’re right on track with understanding the basic needs of an interesting story. I myself would not have given this a try unless … Continue reading

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How to Write Love Stories

Despite the seeming necessity to spend at least a bit of time on this subject, I found myself hesitating to do this. The reason is that it seems a bit counter-natural to give out a list of rules regarding what … Continue reading

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How to Write Women

The most common mistake I see male writers make when writing women is to write every woman the same. All women are written as stereotypical women who are good at cooking and cleaning and staying at home and not having … Continue reading

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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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