|These is an incredibly loose, basic diagram of what story arc looks like. |
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Project Analogue(Please excuse the irony in that this is coming to you in digital form.)Project Analogue by illuminara
I’ve recently had the long-in-coming realization that no story is perfect. About time, right? I’ve always held up the idea that a story should be some shining beacon of brilliance, and while that might seem noble, it fails to recognize the beauty of imperfection. Every worth-while pursuit is built from a foundation of imperfection. This is a foundation of learning, experimentation, trial and error, growth, and refinement. I hope it’s not replaying an old record to say any attempt to build without that foundation will crumble and fall. Or, perhaps more accurately, it would be impossible to build in the first place.
So here I am, knowing all this but trying unsuccessfully to take it to heart in any practical way yielding results. I keep asking myself, among other things, why is it so hard to embrace imperfection? Yes, it’s known that I’m something of a perfectionist, but that shoul
Words Rage OnWell, here we are again in this tempest of a world. Who can blame us for being scared out of our wits? I, for one, am not inclined to care. But who am I? I'm a mere historian—no, a mere journalist to the occasion. I know nothing.Words Rage On by illuminara
But still I write. On and on, the relentless march of words continues unbothered by the turmoil of the world. And who can blame them? They must be heard. Above the screech of war, the clamor of politicians, and the buzz of layman, they will be heard. No one can deny them voice.
Words rage on with their bold, black impressions upon paper and minds.
That is why I write, to make an impression. My impression. I have no stamp or sword, but I have words, and they are the most powerful thing of all. Bold and beautiful, they can shape the world or tear it to shreds in a single line.
Words will never die.
Story Arc ExplainedStory Arc Explained by illuminara
In every writing community, terms like "plot" and "development" and "arc" are constantly thrown around, and everyone expects everyone else to know what they mean without ever clearly defining them. Sure, vague advice about the importance of character development and story structure are great and all, but how do you actually do it? Aside from style and grammar, what are the mechanics behind a well-told story?
What does a good story look like?
The answer is surprisingly simple. Not easy, but simple. Every good story does one thing well: it asks a question, deliberates it, then answers it. This provides a framework of three acts that create what's called dramatic tension.
Here are some examples of what this looks like:
The Little Mermaid
Act one: Will Ariel become human so she can be with the man she loves?
I like to consider myself a nerd with class--not so much because I'm classy but because I enjoy the classic things in life. I'm the kind of person who notices all the little specks of beauty and inspiration that tend to hide just out of sight everywhere we look, but I've been known to overlook giant billboards. I'm passionate about living a life of creativity and enjoy writing, design, photography, and architecture to name a few of my favorites. |
I'm also a professional dog trainer. I bet that's a twist you didn't see coming! My dogs (and my clients' dogs) are incredibly smart, and they're always challenging me to find new and creative training methods and invent new tricks. They really are man's best friends. And let's face it, parkour is more fun with a border collie!