• Mechanics,  Writing World

    Story Essentials: The Importance of Tone

    I recently saw The Little Mermaid the Musical. In case you don’t know, The Little Mermaid is my favorite movie of all time. To this day I can’t watch it without getting ALL the chills and feels. Long story short, I didn’t like the musical. It was fine. I give it a solid C minus. Major points were taken off namely because it was juvenile as hell. Had I known that going in, it would have been better. However, I went in thinking it would be more like The Lion King, which was BOSS. So…expectations were high. In reality, I get a smorgasbord of campy, juvenile, low-budget, and overacting. This is coming from…

  • Characters,  Fun,  Ideas,  Mechanics,  Writing World

    V is for Villain

    One of my greatest writing pleasures is meeting a new villain! They are some of my most favorite people in all of fiction – books, movies, tv shows. So much so that I used to have a problem with my antagonists overshadowing the main characters. If anyone has ever found themselves in a similar situation, we fix that pairing the villains with more interesting “heroes.” People who are just as fascinating, if not more. In my current project, who the “bad guy” is a little harder to decipher than usual. Dare I say, I don’t have a “bad guy” in the story at all! It’s a matter of interpretation, of course,…