The Traveler: How to Write Opinionated Main Characters

5172bsbicmglThe Traveler is the first book in Lost Empire trilogy by E.B. Dawson (check out her website!).

This book was so good, people. The characters were excellent and unique, the story and themes were captivating, and the world was intriguing. You can’t get much better than that! Check out the synopsis on Amazon.

No spoilers ahead, so if you’re trying to decide whether to read The Traveler or not, you should and here’s why.

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Stranger Things 2: 3 Ways to Balance Multiple Plotlines

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Stranger Things 2 guys. It’s here. And it’s… over, if you’re like me and have finished it (which I would assume so since you’re online and not hunkered down avoiding spoilers at all costs).

I was super impressed by this second season. There were so many plotlines to juggle, but it was all done so well. The world and the cast grew and expanded naturally, while still staying true to what people loved about the first season. There were three specific ways I noticed that they did this. Here’s how you can learn to plot like Stranger Things 2!

Spoilers ahead.

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Themes and Jessica Jones, Season 1

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This post will be less of a lesson and more of a reflection or analysis. I wrote specifically about the theme of personal responsibility earlier, and this post will cover more topics.

What most struck me most about Jessica Jones is the focus given to its themes. Most superhero shows do have a point that, say, killing is wrong, or that compassion is important, but I’ve never seen the themes explored as deeply as this show explores them.

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The Sixth Sense: Symbolism

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It’s that time of year! Pull out the scary movies!

If you’re not big on horror but still want a pleasant scare, The Sixth Sense is a great movie choice. It has its share of spine-tingling moments, but it’s also a clever ‘puzzle’ movie where the end reveal changes everything that came before (after all, it is directed by M. Night Shyamalan). It also employs a great use of symbolism, one that isn’t clear until a rewatch.

Spoilers ahead.

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Heroes of Olympus: Writing Female Characters

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Viria is amazing. All the images are credited to her.

Okay, here we go. Spoilers ahead.

I’m not a fan of the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Honestly, I’m not fully sure why. I had issues with how it expanded the world (for the same reasons as in The Kane Chronicles), how it tied up (or dropped) most of its plotlines, and the lack of lasting consequences (especially with character deaths). Or maybe I was just too old when I read it. But the main issue I’ll address is the female characters. Yep, this is the ‘strong female character’ post every blog needs.

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Update on Writeousness and My State of Affairs

Hello! I think it’s time for an update.

So: School. I have a really busy semester, and it’s getting hard to post every week. I can do it, but I think it’s more effort than it’s worth at this point.

This is compounded by the fact that Writeousness has shifted to this:

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He’s been watching a lot of Star Wars

In other words, I really wanna work on my book, which is going great, by the way. I made two giant steps forward:

1. I realized I didn’t have a plot.

2. I got a plot.

So I’m excited.

I’ll still be posting here, but I’m not committing to once a week. Just so you all know. Have a great season/semester/whatever’s relevant!

Personal Responsibility and Jessica Jones, Season 1

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This post will be less of a lesson and more of a reflection or analysis. Contains spoilers.

Jessica Jones wins the prize for the most thematically focused tv show I’ve ever seen. Throw in movies, and it’s near the top. Hey, add books to the mix, and this superhero Netflix show is still in the running.

You wouldn’t expect that if you knew what Jessica was like. She’s hard-drinking, bad-tempered, and terribly selfish at times. But above all else, Jessica Jones emphasizes personal responsibility.

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Ender’s Game: Your Audience as the Problem

enders-gameEnder’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, is one of the best books I’ve read, and I don’t say that lightly. Both the story and the characters are compelling, and even though it’s a prime example of genre fiction it still has several strong themes.

One of the biggest things that stood out to me was the twist at the end. It changed my whole expectation of the world and the morality the author was operating under, and it explained a theme that had been building, unnoticed, through the book.

(Spoilers ahead)

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The Name of the Wind: How to Handle Mary-Sue Characters

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The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, is a wonderful book. The writing is beautiful, the story sucks you in like a movie does, and the characters are engaging and loveable- especially Kvothe.

It’s good that Kvothe is loveable, being the main character and all, but I was actually surprised by how much I liked him. He’s the ‘more clever and skilled than everyone’ character that can so easily be flat and boring. His ‘flaws’ are a fiery temper- which is often a praised character trait- and pride, which is well-founded due to his talent. To top it all, his eyes change color based on his mood. In short: Kvothe is a Mary-Sue.

But despite the general hatred for Mary-Sues, it works.

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