New Podcast Up: Hidden Characters In Alexandria

In this episode we discuss an interesting point of characterization we like to call “hidden characterization”. This is a kind of dramatic irony where the character’s actions do not match up with their external motivation for doing the action. It has been used infrequently in fiction and in television as in novels such as “TheContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Hidden Characters In Alexandria”

Giving a Protagonist a Hidden Motivation

Recently I have been in the middle of writing the first installment of a new series entitled The Five Rims.  The first book is titled The Last Terran, and my protagonist is definitely out of the ordinary. Guillermo March is a former security officer with the C’Tuulian Planetary Police Force, the only Terran to work for them,Continue reading “Giving a Protagonist a Hidden Motivation”

New Podcast Up: Villains and Walking Dead Spoilers

On this episode we discuss villains. What makes a great villain? What are the ingredients for excellent and engaging villains that readers will love to hate and love to somehow empathize with? We also discuss the AMC debacle with the Season 5 mid-season finale goof where AMC actually spoiled their own program for West CoastContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Villains and Walking Dead Spoilers”

Killing the Villain: A Daring Plot Device

[First of all, I would like to say that this blog post contains spoilers about the current season of The Walking Dead, so if you are not current, then do not read any further.] At the end of season 4 of The Walking Dead we were introduced to a new villain: the cold, cannibalistic Gareth.  Gareth is aContinue reading “Killing the Villain: A Daring Plot Device”