Villains are people too

A letter from the archives of the Realm Leapers, following up on a post years ago about villainous complaints.

To whom it may concern,

Thank you kindly for your willingness to speak up on the wrongs done to villains everywhere. All the stuff against wearing black, hiring incompetent minions, resorting to brooding as a pastime, and indiscriminate killing holds as true today as it does then.

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How to Write a Novel According to Endgame

I was going to write a nice, clever article about how I can coach you in writing and offer all this cool stuff.

I woke up this morning and decided that was boring and no one cares anyway

So here’s a post about how to write a novel according to Avengers: Endgame.

endgame spoiler

Nothing major, but if you haven’t seen Endgame, view at your own risk

Enjoy.

 

grand opening

The dramatic opening

opening a story without infodumping

Trying to explain your story without info-dumping

 

 

discovering our characters

Discovering your characters

trying to explain the beginning

When you are try to explain something using characters who already know the information

First plot point and getting into the story

Your characters at the first plot point

right

Telling them it will get worse

before the midpoint

Moping before the midpoint

midpoint

Ready or not: the midpoint

striding away from the midpoint

Striding away from the midpoint

characters getting along

When your characters start liking each other

right after the third plot point

Facing characters after the third plot point

before climax-development

Character development

gearing up for climax

Gearing up for the climax

characters at climax

In the middle of the climax

after climax

After everything

alternate happy end

Add a touch of humor

at the end

And ‘the end’

 

 

So, You’re a Writer?

Writing is a funny thing. It can be exhausting. It can be lonely. And you also get to do the most random things or have an excuse to think the most random things, all in the name of your craft.

So today, with the help of a number of friends from Realm Makers, I present to you a non-exhaustive list of ‘you know you are a writer when…’ complete with my own sarcastic responses when I feel the need.

Enjoy.

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New Fantasy Times: An Assassin’s Handbook

Kirin, umm, acquired a handbook not long ago. More like a pamphlet, giving tips to assassins both about their jobs and of what to do to occupy the times in between.

Disclaimer: if you’re reading this, you’re probably some young idiot who thinks he can take on the world and get paid to do it. Or you’ve some sort of broken past with nothing to lose. Or maybe you just like the money (which is decent, I admit. If you can keep it). All this to say, if you’re serious about being an assassin, chances are you’re going to die. Not yet, unless you’re really stupid. Maybe not for years. But sooner or later you’ll start a fight you can’t win. Or some vengeance stricken family will hunt you down. Or you’ll become so dangerous your own kind turns on you. If you can enjoy life with that shadow on your future, read on. If not, go find some other occupation, like candle-making or wool-carding.

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