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Writing

My Writing Process

Ever wonder how authors write? Well, wonder no more. Writing, it’s as easy as sitting at your keyboard and bleeding continually until something good happens. I wish that were hyperbole. It really isn’t, though; writing is tough, writing is difficult, writing is occasionally terrifying. But writing is also immensely fun and satisfying if you stick at it. And writing comprises far more than the simple act of sitting at your keyboard and hammering away on the keys. Here, I’ll be sharing a bit of the process behind how I write and what goes into the whole business from start to …

Random Thoughts Writing

How Anime Saved My Life

You’re probably looking at that title and thinking it’s hyperbole. It really isn’t. There’s also a damn good reason for me writing this particular post now. Because, as I noted in this post, I’ll be talking about anime a fair bit going forward. There are a whole bunch of great—and not-so-great—shows out there, and I enjoy picking stories apart. The problem? Anime gets a bad rap. Sometimes deservedly so, I will admit. The likes of your generic, low-grade harem trash are hardly likely to set the world ablaze with their literary value. But I also don’t find them particularly objectionable. …

Random Thoughts Writing

Decluttering My Life & Rediscovering My Passion

This is going to be a pretty long post, fair warning. First of all, let’s talk about decluttering your life. This isn’t so much about real world stuff. I actually don’t have all that much crap, I got rid of physical media years ago (yay, digital… ripped from physical, because I don’t trust streaming services) and only have what I absolutely need as far as everything else goes. No problem. No, my issue is digital crap. Images, music, video, all that stuff. And I have OCD as well, which doesn’t help my situation at all. In the real world I …

Writing

Getting Started as a Writer

How do you get started as a writer? Simple question with a simple answer: just do it. I realise this isn’t particularly helpful advice, however, so let’s expand the simple answer into something a bit more useful. I’ll link a few good resources, both free and paid, at the end of this post as well. First, the most important thing: to be a good writer, you should be a good reader. This is an absolute truth of the writer’s craft, simply because without having read a lot of other authors’ works, how can you expect to write anything worth a …

Gaming Writing

The Masks We Wear

Have you ever played the Persona series of games? If not, I’d highly recommend checking them out. Persona 4 The Golden is an excellent starting point, but if you don’t have a Playstation Vita (which wouldn’t be surprising, considering how quickly that console died), you could start with Persona 5 on PS3 or PS4. Why am I suddenly recommending you Japanese RPGs? Simple, because one of the things I adore about the series in question is its exploration of—what else?—personae, the different metaphorical masks people wear. As a series, it delves heavily into Jungian psychology, including the titular persona, but …

Writing

Is Conflict Essential to a Story?

  Most writers will tell you that conflict is essential to a story. Some would even go so far as to say a story can’t exist without conflict. And sure, depending on the medium involved, conflict is pretty crucial to a story. But is it essential to a story? Short answer: nope. The longer answer is a bit more involved. There are several major exceptions to this rule. The most prominent examples I can think of would be humour and slice of life. In both instances, something else takes the place of conflict. For humour it’s the concept of set …