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April 7th, 2007

09:36 pm: Moments When the Protagonist Awes Other Characters, Curing the Addiction To
As threatened promised hinted at.

Sure, sometimes it’s cool, but the problem is the frequency )

The next one might be on oppression, though the Invisible Pink Unicorn knows it’s a rant I’m wary of writing.

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July 29th, 2006

09:45 pm: Writing ordinary, limited heroes
This means writing the characters who have to work to achieve things, rather than having things handed to them. The people with unearned magic, true love, destinies, and beauty have no place here. I’m talking about the second-in-commands who pick up after the nobles, the fighters who have actually trained for years to become good at what they do, the lovers who worked on their relationship or arranged marriage instead of just tumbling effortlessly into bed with each other due to hormones or shared danger, the parents who throw their whole heart into raising a child. People who have problems, and make mistakes, and struggle and fail and fall and stand up again.

They are the fascinating ones )

I think I like working within the limits lately; I’ve lost most of my taste for extreme magic, extreme beauty, extreme everything.

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October 8th, 2004

09:49 pm: Rant on daily flavors of life, part two
The second part of the “daily life” rant, containing a few things more specific to fantasy.

Because altering a nod into a zgeiwak just asks for a beating )

Next rant is on council scenes, I think.

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October 6th, 2004

11:47 pm: Rant on flavors of daily life (part one)
Per [info]clarafury’s suggestion, this is on getting the flavor of daily life into your story.

Some tricks )

Wow. There will have to be a second part to this rant. I didn’t think there would have to be.

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April 21st, 2004

06:03 pm: I can't think of a good title for this rant.
I wanted to call it "diminishing the character," but that's not really what it's about. Nor is it really about diminishing the plot, my second thought for the title. I suppose it could be about "moving your plot away from those damn archetypes, though."

Fantasy is a descendant of archetypes. Not them )

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April 17th, 2004

09:19 pm: Limitations rant
This is connected to other rants I’ve done on changing fantasy societies and making an ordinary person the hero, but I think it deserves its own series of complaints. Or perhaps I’ve just been reading too many fantasies again where the heroes can do everything.

Limitations are there to make the story interesting and plots better, not to leapfrog over )

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March 24th, 2004

06:02 pm: Making an ordinary person your hero.
A Swinburne quote, since I haven't done one in quite a while.

From "Tristram of Lyonesse," Swinburne's take on the Tristan and Isuelt story, and one of the few I like:

And the king waking saw beside his head
That face yet passion-coloured, amorous red
From lips not his, and all that strange hair shed
Across the tissued pillows, fold on fold,
Innumerable, incomparable, all gold,
To fire men's eyes with wonder, and with love
Men's hearts; so shone its flowering crown above
The brows enwound with that imperial wreath,
And framed with fragrant radiance round the face beneath.

Just because he's not raging with magic doesn't mean he's not a hero )

I've become severely allergic to the "teenager who runs away from home and is mistreated by family is really the heir to the throne/the most powerful mage in the world/going to bond with an animal/stunningly beautiful" nonsense.

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