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My Top 11 Most Hated Storytelling Cliches (Ver. 2)So a couple of... years back it seems (time flies, doesn't it?) I made a Top 10 or 11 list of my most hated cliches in storytelling. Considering how our tastes evolve and change, and how much I've learned about media and storytelling in that time I thought I'd do another... more refined list. The rules are simple, in that there's only really one - each of these cliches must be (at least a large chunk of the time) an intentional choice by use of the author. I can't put in things like "Mary Sue" or "filler." Each of these types of cliches, while it doesn't exactly tempt me to do an atrocity review on it, instantly loses some goodwill with me when it comes to the story. The order here is how much they annoy me, and nothing really else. It's a personal opinion list kind of thing.My Top 11 Most Hated Storytelling Cliches (Ver. 2) by MrEnter
Writing Tips - Creating Civilizations (Part I)Or alternatively, I explain my fantasy generator game from awhile back. Today we’re going to talk about how you can create a civilization/society for your fantasy or science fiction world. There will be another part to this though, and in that one I’ll be telling you how to create a society/civilization integral to the theme of your novel. Think of the first parts as creating something like The Shire, and the final ones about creating something like Oceania from 1984.Writing Tips - Creating Civilizations (Part I) by MrEnter
Why people are overweight in AmericaConsidering that I've talked about one major cultural problem recently, let's talk about another one. Many people outside of the United States probably don't know about the standardized testing problem, but most seem to know about this one. It's one of the stereotypes that Americans are overweight, and according to statistics over one third of Americans are. This doesn't mean one third of Americans are morbidly obese. To figure out if you're overweight, you use this formula:Why people are overweight in America by MrEnter
Writing Tips - Once Upon a TimeWithout exception, the most important line in your fiction prose is the first one. In many times it determines whether or not your writing gets a chance at all. As such, it should be the last new thing that you write. Once you finish writing your entire novel, then you go back and add the appropriate first sentence. Not only does this help you avoid Blank Page Syndrome, but doing it after everything else allows you to create a very poignant opening line (although you can start out with a proto-first line). Everything else I am going to tell you today, every piece of advice, can and has been broken in the past. Writing opening lines is an art, not a science. And let's start with one that I am currently trying to fixWriting Tips - Once Upon a Time by MrEnter
How to Change Someone's OpinionI've heard a couple of philosophies where it's impossible to change someone else's opinion on something. The best you can hope to do is give people more knowledge, or a new way at looking things, or help people who are undecided on an issue. I can attest, that yes, changing someone else's opinion can be a very difficult thing. But it's not impossible. Why is it so hard? Because when someone's opinion changes, they admit implicitly that they were once wrong, whether it's about the latest movie or some political movement or religion. And being "in the wrong" can lead to once innocuous things being seen as mistakes. Those mistakes, depending on the issue, can have human consequences.How to Change Someone's Opinion by MrEnter More Like This