Do me a favor and take a look at this screen for a second. No tricks, promise. What do you see? A fancy banner for the site, a couple other linked articles, maybe a picture. Ok, fair enough. But what else do you see, covering most of the page? Words. Sometimes it’s hard to stop and notice them. A stop sign is recognized by the red octagon, a company by its mascot, a bar by the neon and cigarette smoke. Words often get overlooked, even when their presence is important. Lyrics are drowned out by a song’s overpowering beat, a book gets adapted into aRead More →

With the passing of Inktober, where online artists commit themselves to make and publish daily drawings, comes the beginning of NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is the writer’s equivalent to Inktober, where daily writing and review culminate in a fully realized novel. Titles like “The Night Circus” and “Water for Elephants” were penned during NaNo, which led to worldwide acclaim for their authors. Other stories, often overlooked, are still great reads and a testament to the dedication of writers worldwide. I’ve attempted to work through NaNo, taking stories I had pieced together beforehand and building on them. But between scheduling, exhaustion, school (at theRead More →

finding

Finding the Path: Episode 5 of The Keeper of the Dead Saga Greetings, Geeks! Finding the path is the next move in our adventurers’ journey. It’s not a clear move forward after running into a giant spider nest but our adventurers persevere. They find new complexities await them at the base of the mountains. Each episode takes them closer to the final dangers they will face. The road is not clear and easy; instead, it is covered with dead and decaying forest but also some more dangerous and sentient creatures. As the new player to pen and paper role-playing campaigns, I make sure to slowRead More →

symbols

Fear not, writing and literary fans! Good Words returns and we tackle Symbols and Metaphors. My apologies for the delay in continuing the series. The demands on my time this semester have been more intense because of my course load and have kept me away from my computer. Thankfully, summer is on the horizon and a lighter workload for me. But! This episode is wonderful. Evan and I take on these two concepts and give some great definitions and examples. Symbols / Symbology An image or object that represents a larger, more abstract idea. Metaphor From Merriam Webster:  a figure of speech in which a wordRead More →

imagery

Imagery Good Words returns with a new series: Literary Devices, the approaches our favorite authors use to bring our favorite worlds to life. Literary devices range far and wide. Often times we hear these terms used in casual conversation without a complete understanding of the definitions or purpose. With this series, we aim to help shed some light on what your favorite authors are doing while they create your favorite works and to help you understand as a writer the importance of these approaches. We first discuss Imagery or how we see, hear, and feel the literature we experience. Imagery:  so often overlooked even thoughRead More →

round

Round and flat, static and dynamic. What are we talking about here, shapes and textures? Nope! We are discussing characters and how some grow and change (round and dynamic) and some don’t (flat and static). It can sound even from this short description like round and dynamic characters are better than flat and static characters. In many ways, that is is true; we generally relate to round characters more as it is often easier to identify with characters where we see growth and movement. You can see this in the discussion Evan and I have covering this topic. It was so much easier for theRead More →

antihero

Antiheroes and Antivillains. One of these terms I’m sure you’ve heard before. We’ve discussed antiheroes many times in the podcasts and hangouts we’ve recorded over the years. But what about the other term, antivillains? Before this discussion, I had never come across the term “antivillain” before Evan brought it up for this discussion. It’s a turn phrase that I really love.  Playing with literary terms and meanings is one of the reasons I love studying literature and storytelling. Often, it’s in the turning upside down of expectations where we learn the most about our favorite stories and characters. Antihero Antiheroes are often missing the traditionalRead More →

heroes

This week on Good Words, Even and I discuss Heroes and Villains. These terms are used quite a bit when discussing literature and stories; we’ve discussed villains we hate to love and love to hate at great length in a recent hangout. Some examples from this episode include characters from Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad. Current trends in storytelling call for very complex play with good versus bad. Our discussion this week delves a little deeper into how to create good heroes and villains. It is so important for well-crafted characters to have an internal consistency that the reader can understand and objectivelyRead More →

protagonists

Good Words Discusses Protagonists and Antagonists As part of our first series on character, Evan and I discuss protagonists and antagonists in this week’s episode. I’m sure you’ve heard these words before; in fact, I am pretty sure I’ve used them on the show once or twice, or maybe even more. Here we discuss definitions and how these terms are used to define characters and to move along a story. Protagonist The main character of the story, often the hero, whose actions impact the plot and action in the story. Antagonist The character generally complicating the action or plot of the story. The antagonist oftenRead More →

protagonists

Introducing Good Words I am so excited to announce a super not so secret project I’ve been working on. New ambassador Evan Graham and I are launching a new series of videos about writing called “Good Words.” I’ll admit. This is a long time dream of mine to create a video series discussing writing and I am so pleased to be able to make it a reality with another amazing writer like Evan. Good Words will delve into all kinds of writing topics, from story driven issues like characters and plots to academic writing like thesis statements and effective arguments. The aim is for each segmentRead More →