Rant, Writing

Reversing the Damsel in Distress Trope

If you spend any amount of time in either feminist or gamer circles online, chances are you know about Anita Sarkeesian. If not, you should absolutely check out her web series Feminist Frequency, because what she lacks in delivery (seriously, Anita, I love you, but learn to inflect) she makes up for in detailed research and thought-provoking… Continue reading Reversing the Damsel in Distress Trope

Books, Plot

Stories With No Conflict

There's a common saying in writing classes--one of the first you will ever hear--that goes like this: stories require conflict. If you don't have a conflict, you don't have a story. This is good advice most of the time, because characters who go through their whole story with nothing but smooth sailing are boring as… Continue reading Stories With No Conflict

Plot, Rant

On Modular Stories

Because I feel like being contrary today, we're going to talk about something that most "literary" types love to do that drives me absolutely bonkers. Come on, modular stories--let's dance. For those of you who don't spend an absurd amount of time reading and thinking about story structure, a quick explanation: a "modular story" is a… Continue reading On Modular Stories