Tag Archives: head games

Questions 282: Balancing Worldbuilding, Plot, and Characterization

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JR asks:
“What advice do you have for balancing worldbuilding, plot, and characterization?”

Resources mentioned:
The Complete Shakespeare
Yentl
Schindler’s List

Questions 279: Save the Darlings!!!

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Chris asks:
“If storytelling is a gut instinct, should we still kill our darlings?”

Resources mentioned:
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Republic by Plato
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn by Piers Anthony
Very Bad Deaths by Spider Robinson
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 273: Plotting at Pulp Speed

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Caine asks:
“Without rewriting, how do pulp writers plot?”

Resources mentioned:
Dune by Frank Herbert
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Questions 270: Getting Characters to Speak to You

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“How can you create characters that feel so real to you that your characters tell you where the story should go?”

Resources mentioned:
Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman
Writing to Sell by Scott Merideth

Questions 240: Series vs. Multi-Volume Stories

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Cheyenne asks:
“I’m finding myself more interested in events in volume 2 of my story, and it’s making it hard to write volume 1. What do I do?”

Resources mentioned:
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Dune by Frank Herbert