Tag Archive | premises

TV Tropes Monday: Driving Question


  Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 10:7: Who Are All These People? ——- I written and even created a video about the importance of Premises & Promises in a narrative:     The promises in a premise arise in the form of questions also known as the Driving Question(s). While the tropes page adjudicates […]

Lessons from the Aether: AD&D and Transitioning Your Heroes from Outsiders to Insiders


  Tweet of the Day: Character or Ciphers? Which Are You Casting in Your Story? ——- Heroes are often outsiders, people with little socioeconomic power or rebels against the status quo. But once they defeat the bad guy and are given a position of power, the story is over. Few writers can make the transition […]

Lessons from the Aether: Saint’s Row and Getting Off the Beaten Path


Tweet of the Day: Photography: view from the bridge ——— I’ve talked about the perils of maintaining a long running series on this blog. One of the reasons why longrunners become stale is the fear of changing their basic formula. To do so risks losing vital parts of the audience. Therefor the writers must do […]

Lessons from the Aether: Babylon 5


Tweet of the Day:  All Alone in the Night: When Babylon 5 Invented 21st Century Fandom ——– Ah, Babylon 5, the quintessential sci-fi series of the 90s.  There are a lot of reasons for it, some which can be seen if you follow the link above. But this is about applying lessons to writing and […]

TV Tropes Monday: Sequel Hooks


Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 6.20: Endings ——- “Leave them wanting more.” That is the key to a good ending. Which is counter intuitive when you think that we are talking about, well, THE END, at least of the story. Enter the Sequel Hook. The trick is balancing the readers expectations. When done well, […]