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Thunder Punch Daily 23 – The Trap

April 17, 2010 by  
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Today I share some thoughts about another go-to premise that offers lots of story building ideas: The Trap. Taking a character out of their comfortable element and thrusting them into a situation they didn’t ask for and can’t escape from. Such a situation becomes an exploration of how their character must evolve in order to […]

Thunder Punch Daily 22 – More Content, Half The Fat

April 13, 2010 by  
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Today I leap off of topics broached in Mark of the Beast 12 and High Adventure Daily 13 to share a few thoughts on writing longer stories without letting any extraneous (or fat) make it into the narrative. One mustn’t mistake our focus on creating lean stories as an indictment on long-form comics. I refer […]

Thunder Punch Daily 20 – It’s Only Pretending, After All

April 8, 2010 by  
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Today I answer a question asked in the forums by Rene van Belzen: How do I know what a character thinks or feels if it hasn’t been developed yet, nor feel any compassion for it? The big secret of writing is that it’s what we did on the playground as children. The problem with teaching […]

Thunder Punch Daily 18 – Associate for Ideas Victory!

April 6, 2010 by  
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Today I model a word association exercise I use in classrooms to demonstrate how one can build a simple point of interest into a serviceable (or at the very least,¬†fun) story idea. Subscribe through iTunes RSS http://media.blubrry.com/comicsaregreat/p/www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.comicsaregreat.com/audio/tpd_018_din0laser.mp3Podcast (thunderpunchdaily): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 11:43 — 10.8MB) | Embed

Thunder Punch Daily 14 – Compassion For Your Characters

March 26, 2010 by  
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Some more talk about characters and why we might consider using compassion when writing them. It’s my belief that if you treat your characters as human beings, others will respond to them as such. Even if they’re not human. A high ideal in writing is to name your characters’ faults with love, so as not […]