Worldbuilding Using Danmachi’s Building Block Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is a tricky bronco for some writers to tame. When proclaiming yourself god of a new world, a lot of questions will demand to be stewed. This might not be as much of an issue if you're writing a Japanese romance set in a Japanese high school with Japanese customs and Japanese culture because … Continue reading Worldbuilding Using Danmachi’s Building Block Worldbuilding

What Another Side: Earthbound Fills In That Your Name Left Out

Makoto Shinkai's latest opus, Weathering With You, just hit theaters, and me being the privileged first-world citizen that I am went and saw it, and it was pretty good. The insert songs featuring Toko Miura are top-notch, and there's a shot of a fireworks display while the camera pans through Tokyo that's absolutely stunning. I … Continue reading What Another Side: Earthbound Fills In That Your Name Left Out

Satisfy Your Audience By Giving Them Exactly What They Want Now

Imagine for a moment that it's a dull Sunday afternoon and you're perusing the fantasy section at your local library. One book in particular catches your eye because it has a badass black dragon on the cover and you think nothing in the known universe is more badass than a badass black dragon. Now, let … Continue reading Satisfy Your Audience By Giving Them Exactly What They Want Now

Tease Your Audience By Not Giving Them What They Want

Anyone who's knee-deep into the anime industry has undoubtedly spotted the name Reki Kawahara floating around. For those of you who are just getting your toes moist, he's the original creator of Sword Art Online, that one anime everyone and their parakeet loves to hate, and Accel World, that one anime no one remembers exists. … Continue reading Tease Your Audience By Not Giving Them What They Want

Square One Is Terrible, But It’s A Fantastic Example Of How Not To Write A Novel

Square One. I hate this novel. I really do. I didn't get to stress this enough in my previous post, and I can't repeat them enough. I'd scale Mt. Everest if shouting from its peak was the best way to let the world know what an awful piece of garbage this book is. Way back … Continue reading Square One Is Terrible, But It’s A Fantastic Example Of How Not To Write A Novel

Make Your English Teacher Proud By Knowing What You’re Doing With Foil Characters

Have you ever read a book, played a game, watched an anime, etc., that was so bad that you thought it'd be more fun to have brain cancer? I have, and it's a book called Square One. For those of you in life blessed enough to never have been exposed to this book, I'm about … Continue reading Make Your English Teacher Proud By Knowing What You’re Doing With Foil Characters