Sock puppet characters

Sock Puppet

Writers should respect the personality of their characters.

Sometimes they don’t, especially if it’s a television show written by different writers, or a book series written over decades. In those cases, it feels as if you’re watching a sock puppet, with the hand of the writer clearly visible in their reactions.

This is a big no-no; writing should not smell of sock puppets.

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Picking Apart A Song of Ice and Fire Off-Screen Events

Picking apart

If you’ve read a Song of Ice and Fire, you may have noticed that a lot of nasty stuff happens in this fantasy series. Really nasty, usually. Actually, if you look closely, there’s some smoke and mirrors going on as well.

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The Vampire in writing

Vampire

The vampire myth is a very popular and extremely abused literary device in fantasy novels. From the fanged monster of Bram Stoker to the sparkling emo of Stephenie Meyer, vampirism is a pervasive element of our culture. Before you write your own vampire fantasy novel, though, you might want to know what you should and should not do. Let’s have a look at the vampire myth as a literary device.

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Unfazed world

Saltpan

There are many pivotal points in history. Events or inventions that changed the world forever: the battle of Hastings, the invention of the printing press, and the bombing of Hiroshima. In stories, however, such world-shattering things sometimes affect… nothing. This is a smell that the setting of a story can suffer from, and it is good to be aware of.

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