Article Dumping: Writer's Block Edition:

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276 chihuahua021st May 2012 05:14:47 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
277 chihuahua022nd May 2012 01:45:15 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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278 chihuahua023rd May 2012 02:09:22 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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279 chihuahua024th May 2012 02:07:15 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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280 Nightwire28th May 2012 08:31:03 PM , Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
Humans inferior. Ultron superior.
Bite my shiny Vibranium ass, Avengers.
281 Noaqiyeum6th Jun 2012 12:10:04 PM from Kcymaerxthaere , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
282 chihuahua06th Jun 2012 12:44:18 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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[I care]

-starts reading article-

[down] You're welcome. Although I'm not compiling links this week, I'm still doing some posting on my Twitter (@chihuahuazero) and Google+ profile (which is much more streamlined).

edited 6th Jun '12 1:01:59 PM by chihuahua0

283 Noaqiyeum6th Jun 2012 12:57:48 PM from Kcymaerxthaere , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
(Also, I'm going on a binge of the last page and a half. Thanks for compiling these. :D )
284 Noaqiyeum6th Jun 2012 01:26:08 PM from Kcymaerxthaere , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Plotting with Layers (Janice Hardy)
285 Iulla9th Jun 2012 09:32:48 AM from America Medioccidentalis , Relationship Status: You can be my wingman any time
Brohirrim
The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar

I don't know if you've seen this yet (I think it was just posted yesterday), but it's got some good points. It's a compilation of short tips by a storyboard artist who works for Pixar.
fortiter in re, suaviter in modo
286 chihuahua09th Jun 2012 09:47:12 AM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

This is something I should focus on more in my writing. Which might mean putting more weight on the protag-antag relationship Bryan and Finn has for most of the book.

287 Noaqiyeum9th Jun 2012 12:51:44 PM from Kcymaerxthaere , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Ooh, that is good. I especially like this one:

#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it's poison to the audience.
288 nrjxll9th Jun 2012 12:59:42 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
I don't really agree with this one:

#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

It feels just as cheap to me if the conflict comes from unfavorable coincidences as it does when it's resolved by favorable ones.

This one strikes me as an interesting idea, though:

#9: When you're stuck, make a list of what WOULDN'T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.

I'll have to try it sometime.
289 KillerClowns9th Jun 2012 01:06:24 PM from the Midwest , Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Not as singularly broad-minded as a turnip
#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

It feels just as cheap to me if the conflict comes from unfavorable coincidences as it does when it's resolved by favorable ones.

I see where you're coming from, but it's a bit more complicated than that. You're right that a Diabolus ex Machina is a bad plot device, if that's what your thinking. But a lot of plots are born when somebody just plain gets screwed over by misfortune in Act 1 and has to use their wits and resources to overcome it. The problems only happen when the unfavorable coincidences are constant or blatantly bizarre instead of merely uncommon. Even then, darker comedies are free to ignore that advice.

#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d'you rearrange them into what you DO like?

I gotta try this...

edited 9th Jun '12 1:08:37 PM by KillerClowns

290 nrjxll9th Jun 2012 01:18:52 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
I see where you're coming from, but it's a bit more complicated than that. You're right that a Diabolus ex Machina is a bad plot device, if that's what your thinking. But a lot of plots are born when somebody just plain gets screwed over by misfortune in Act 1 and has to use their wits and resources to overcome it. The problems only happen when the unfavorable coincidences are constant or blatantly bizarre instead of merely uncommon. Even then, darker comedies are free to ignore that advice.

If there's any trope I'm arguing against here, it's No Delays for the Wicked, not Diabolus ex Machina. Having the protagonists be put in trouble (or deeper in trouble) by arbitrary chance, while the antagonists suffer no such problems, has always struck me as a cheap way of extending a plot or conflict.

It can work in comedies, but in serious works it tends to undercut the gravity of the situation if, instead of things coming as a logical result of in-story forces, there's only a problem because (essentially) the author wanted one.
291 Noaqiyeum9th Jun 2012 01:22:22 PM from Kcymaerxthaere , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
If there's anything I've learned from Schlock Mercenary, it's that coincidences making things worse for the villains don't have to mean things get better for the heroes.
292 chihuahua09th Jun 2012 03:45:43 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Meanwhile, any thoughts on this blog series concerning The Hunger Games?

293 chihuahua011th Jun 2012 08:42:29 AM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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More will be posted this afternoon:

Monday:

edited 11th Jun '12 1:35:37 PM by chihuahua0

294 MrAHR11th Jun 2012 02:33:16 PM from ಠ_ಠ , Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
Huh? What?

LRP?

As in LARP?

Well.

—reads—
295 chihuahua012th Jun 2012 08:51:11 AM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
296 chihuahua013th Jun 2012 07:58:51 AM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
297 chihuahua014th Jun 2012 09:59:18 AM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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298 chihuahua018th Jun 2012 02:46:04 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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A new week!

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299 chihuahua019th Jun 2012 05:42:09 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
300 Morven19th Jun 2012 06:04:24 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Liked a bunch of these recent ones. The tips on deep point of view are well-taken; I try to do this but don't always succeed.

I really liked the "Why you need to stop rewriting" one. It reminds me of a saying in software development: "Write one to throw away." Why? Because the first one you write, you started it without knowing the details of what you were trying to accomplish. It was an exploratory work, an "understanding by doing" effort.

By the time you finish writing the first version of something, you know what you're trying to do. But the words, or program/function/subroutine, that you have still contains a lot of what you wrote before you wholly understood the task.

So, "throw it away." (Don't really trash it, of course — just don't refer to it while writing it again). If necessary, write down everything that you learned, but if the piece is short, you don't even have to do that.

Doesn't work for everyone, and doesn't work for every situation, but if you have a case where a piece of your work technically works — it accomplishes what it should — but isn't quite "right" it might be just the cure you needed.

I think I may expand this to a blog posting of my own, in fact.

edited 19th Jun '12 7:28:21 PM by Morven

A brighter future for a darker age.

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