People have told me I’m very critical of movies, TV shows, and video games. That’s true, I think; it’s a direct result of my obsession with the mechanics of writing. Knowing the mechanics automatically makes you see others failing at those mechanics. Below are the five that I see most.
I was recently confronted with a nagging feeling that one of my stories wasn’t working. I couldn’t figure out why. Then I realized I had a Plot-Character Mismatch.
Open-world video games are all the rage these days. The number of video games touting the label is huge, from Skyrim to Far Cry to the Witcher 3. They can be very fun to play, but they do have downsides, especially concerning storytelling.
Alien: Covenant just came out in theaters. Even after my disappointment in Prometheus, I still wanted to see it, hoping it was better than that pile of wasted film. It’s a low bar to set, but can Alien: Covenant deliver?
Writing a good science fiction or fantasy book requires a good setting. This is setting is usually made up – or partially made up, as in urban fantasy. Worldbuilding is the process of creating such a setting. I’ve created several imaginary worlds and learned a lot while doing so. Here are five tips for people sitting down to create their own world.