The Whole Chuck Wendig Issue

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Stories I’d Love To See More Of

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I’ve reviewed a few stories where I look at it and say “I wish I could see more of it.” So thinking about that, I want to discuss stories I’d love to see more of. This could be simple things like certain plot lines and talking points, while others are more abstract than that. So here are a few things I’d love to see more stories about. Doesn’t mean I expect people to write it literally this moment, but I do have certain tastes. So let’s get to it. Continue reading “Stories I’d Love To See More Of”

Talking About Tropes: The Problem With Playing Narrative Games (And How We Could Fix It)

Talking About Tropes is a series where I talk about storytelling tropes and my thoughts on them. I also talk about certain tropes related to my works and why I used them for that specific story. Today, I discuss how we can improve games that rely on narrative storytelling.

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I love a good story. Video game stories are wonderful experiences and combined with in depth gameplay, can produce experiences that are unlike anything I’ve seen. However, they have a gigantic flaw. Imagine this scenario. Continue reading “Talking About Tropes: The Problem With Playing Narrative Games (And How We Could Fix It)”

Talking About Tropes – More Thoughts On Diversity And Representation In Fiction

Talking About Tropes is a series where I talk about storytelling tropes and my thoughts on them. I also talk about certain tropes related to my works and why I used them for that specific story. Today, I talk more about representation in media, and how we can still improve. Talking About Tropes – More Thoughts On Diversity And Representation In Fiction I made a … Continue reading Talking About Tropes – More Thoughts On Diversity And Representation In Fiction

Talking About Tropes: Why Marvel Should Consider Making Original Heroes for the MCU

Talking About Tropes is a series where I talk about storytelling tropes and my thoughts on them. I also talk about certain topics in media and take part in discussions about topical and sometimes sensitive issues. Today, I discuss why Marvel should consider making original superheroes for their Cinematic Universe. Talking About Tropes: Why Marvel Should Consider Making Original Heroes for the MCU With Infinity … Continue reading Talking About Tropes: Why Marvel Should Consider Making Original Heroes for the MCU

Talking about Tropes: Are We Getting Too Political With Storytelling?

Talking About Tropes is a series where I talk about storytelling tropes and my thoughts on them. I also talk about certain tropes related to my works and why I used them for that specific story. Today, I discuss whether or not storytelling is getting too political.

Talking about Tropes: Are We Getting Too Political With Storytelling?

So a recent conversation on Twitter right now is a debate between political and apolitical storytelling. Namely, are works today too politically focused on recent events. You know what I mean. Racism, gender equality, #MeToo and of course “you-know-who” in the highest seat in the country.

Many of us are tired of dealing with political matter on a daily basis and just want a rest from it all. But with fiction being a free ground for thought, no doubt many authors want an opinion on recent matters and that seeps into their stories.

The only question now becomes: Are we too focused on politics to enjoy books anymore? Can a story be told without ANY political matter? Even if there are political messages, are they one shared by the majority, or a specific leaning.

I have plenty of political thoughts, but I’d rather not share them. I’m in the camp that wants a break from politics. I want to enjoy my life, live it to the best, and not worry if I live or die at the hands of our own lawmakers. So naturally, I am among the camp that wants no part of political messaging in my media.

But is it possible? Can a story be told without focusing on anything recent that’s controversial and warrants further discussion? I have a few thoughts on this because I feel like it’s worth discussing. Again, I don’t do political discussions often (because it usually doesn’t end well), but I feel it’s worth it to throw in my two cents.

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Talking About Tropes: My Biggest Fears (As An Author)

Talking About Tropes is a series where I talk about storytelling tropes and my thoughts on them. I also talk about certain tropes related to my works and why I used them for that specific story. Today, I discuss my fears as a new author.

 

Talking About Tropes: My Biggest Fears (As An Author)

 

Today, I figured I’d get personal and talk about what I fear in regards to my works. I’ll give you a personal look into who I am and what I tend to fear as a new writer. I’m sure some are more specific than other people, but it gives you a sense of what I’m like when in regards to my writing.

 

So to start, this won’t be in any specific order of worst to least fearful. Some are common while others tend to be specific to me. So with that, let’s get started.

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