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Hello everyone. I've decided to start a blog, partly because it sounds amusing, and partly because I want to remind myself of everything I should be doing while writing. This blog will dispense whatever sage advice I happen to have to offer, along with the side tangents and other thoughts that come to mind while writing these things. I will have space at the end of each blog for a more condensed version of the advice, for the sake of clarity and really making sure I get all this stuff. I'm still working on making it look pretty, and I probably won't have it super fancy until sometime in January. Let's face it, I'm never going to get around to it.
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    Bardothren's Avatar

    Death

    Naotak isn't the earth-bender, so you have nothing to fear... and sorry about that one. Will spoiler that one off so no other must bear witness to avatar spoilers against their will.

    EDIT: as for the prophecy part, there will be exceptions to every single rule when it comes to writing. I will confess that the prophesied deaths in GoT are still highly enjoyable despite that sense of inevitability. It's not impossible to break the rules I lay out and still have a compelling character death, it's just harder.

    Double Edit: also, thanks for commenting and for the input!
    Posted October 24th, 2016 at 12:34 AM by Bardothren Bardothren is offline
    Updated October 24th, 2016 at 2:11 AM by Bardothren
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    Death

    "Take, for example, any character prophesied to die. Would we feel anything once they suddenly died? It wouldn't seem as tragic because, in our minds, we couldn't see any other possibility for them."

    This really depends on who is giving the prophesy. It also depends on how attached to the character people get. For example, say I have a really long idea for an anime ~>200 episodes. In the second episode, the main character is prophesied to die by say a mystic. Depending on the overall tone of the series, you can put that though in peoples minds, but still make it a shock at the end, because it seems like forever ago when it was prophesied that it just didn't look like it would happen. It could be a very gripping story, and people would grow attached and even believe the character would be fine, to have them killed at the end.


    "Now, let's compare that to Avatar. In all eight seasons of the Avatar universe, there's only a handful of deaths that come to mind... there's Tonraq and Noatak, Admiral Zhao (sort of), Jet... and that's about it. I'd say Jet's the clear winner here, but even still, does his death compel as much as the others?"

    Naotak is the earth bender, yes? If so, what the hell man, I'm watching Korra right now and you put RBWY or whatever in spoilers but not that? I liked him... :(

    Also, Zhao does not die, as shown in Korra, though you can't really say he's alive, ha.

    Otherwise good article.
    Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 6:41 PM by 0 0 is offline
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    How to End Your Story

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    I only regret the disappointment it has brought to those involved in the game... especially Gunner and Kiyo. Compensation is in order for you two. (doubly so for gunner, since, you know, I kinda tricked you into killing yourself in Doof).
    :(
    Posted February 27th, 2016 at 2:32 AM by Salzorrah Salzorrah is offline
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    How to Progress Your Story

    Hey Bard, this is really helpful! This is a problem I have when roleplaying--I'm never quite sure what the best way to advance the plot is while keeping my characters consistent. I'll have to start asking some of those questions while I'm writing, because I'm pretty sure I've screwed it up more often than not.
    Posted February 21st, 2016 at 7:30 AM by Sopheria Sopheria is offline
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    Plot Holes and Plot Convenience

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    THATS WHAT I THOUGHT WHEN I WATCHED IT BARD :(

    but wow this is a great entry :3
    Thanks for the compliment. :)
    Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 7:13 AM by Bardothren Bardothren is offline
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    Plot Holes and Plot Convenience

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    Inside Out actually has a pretty serious one that made me stop and think. Alright, you know how the workers in Riley's memories can send memories up to headquarters? Why not do that with the core memories?
    THATS WHAT I THOUGHT WHEN I WATCHED IT BARD :(

    but wow this is a great entry :3
    Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 6:41 AM by Salzorrah Salzorrah is offline
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    Character Development

    The difference between getting into and getting out of trouble using coincidences lies in believability. Things go wrong all the time and is more engaging from a storytelling standpoint, whereas things happening to work out for the character can happen, but it's not often that realistic and not that engaging.

    As for foil characters, they are important; I simply didn't include them in this one. Perhaps another time, but it's not an area I have too much experience with.
    Posted January 10th, 2016 at 8:10 PM by Bardothren Bardothren is offline
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    Character Development

    Do you believe that foil characters are important? Also, what is good about using coincidences to get the heroes into trouble that "cheating" doesn't have?
    Posted January 10th, 2016 at 7:57 PM by MiracleGhost47 MiracleGhost47 is offline
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    Voice

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    Ugh, but I dislike personification as a mood setter. In my opinion, the author's attempt to pretend that an inanimate object has feelings is is an overreaction. And I'm not going for the risky tactic Mark used. That style has a comedic value to it, but I'm not going for that in my work. I suppose I'll just augment the proper connotations to try and work my way around these other... methods. Thanks for these suggestions! Sorry to nit pick. XD
    How you employ mood is largely a personal preference, and it largely depends on your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. I for one would never attempt such a feat, but I have seen it done once with absolutely incredible results in one of my creative writing classes. As far as giving inanimate objects feelings... making the reader immersed in the idea all depends on how you present it, whether you're going for literal or metaphorical interpretations of the text.

    As for setting mood, personification isn't what's important, it's word choice, presentation, setting, characters; many factors go into establishing a mood, and I may have to cover mood in more depth one day. But for now, I'll say this. Listen to your gut, then critique your work like an asshole. You can never be too harsh on your own work. Okay, now i have to do one on editing. Crap. :|
    Posted January 5th, 2016 at 10:02 PM by Bardothren Bardothren is offline
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    Voice

    Ugh, but I dislike personification as a mood setter. In my opinion, the author's attempt to pretend that an inanimate object has feelings is is an overreaction. And I'm not going for the risky tactic Mark used. That style has a comedic value to it, but I'm not going for that in my work. I suppose I'll just augment the proper connotations to try and work my way around these other... methods. Thanks for these suggestions! Sorry to nit pick. XD
    Posted January 5th, 2016 at 9:20 PM by MiracleGhost47 MiracleGhost47 is offline
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    Plot and Conflict

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    hello i enjoy this
    Hello Anna, glad to see you like it. Thanks for stopping by, leaving a comment, and proving the existence of my blog. :)
    Posted December 31st, 2015 at 4:24 PM by Bardothren Bardothren is offline
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    Plot and Conflict

    hello i enjoy this
    Posted December 31st, 2015 at 3:14 PM by Aquacorde Aquacorde is offline