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Mar
30th
2020

Breakfast Soup · 11:03am Mar 30th, 2020

I wanted to write this exhaustive academic analysis after revisiting Butterfly Soup, a short visual novel by Brianna Lei, creator of Pom Gets Wi-Fi. She literally writes the best character dialogue since William Shakespeare, so you should buy this game immediately.

(also it's free)

I won't spoil anything at all here, just wanted to describe how the VN makes such a smart choice about story structure.

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Aug
2nd
2017

How to Twist (and Shout) - Kishotenketsu · 6:31pm Aug 2nd, 2017

Did you know there's only one story in the world? It's called the Hero's Journey, or Hero With A Thousand Faces. Literally every story you write is a repackaged form of this traditional myth. Right? :trollestia:

Nahh, of course that's ridiculous. People want to believe it's that easy, so they'll squeeze every story into that model, even when it doesn't really fit. It's an effective set of themes, but hardly the only option.

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Jan
30th
2017

Being a Better Writer: Time(line) Management · 9:39pm Jan 30th, 2017

I bet a lot of you are going to be surprised by the actual gist of this post. Yes, I am talking about time management, but not in the way you think. Also, I'm fairly certain I've done posts on making good use of writing time before, so those still exist.

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May
3rd
2018

Do not FEEL your way through structure when writing stories · 7:22pm May 3rd, 2018

There are a lot of half-baked authors who seem to think that "feeling" your way through pacing, structure, and storytelling is the way to go. They are flat out wrong. Practice form and get good at it before you think about breaking form.

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Nov
9th
2019

A Cool Scrivener Thing · 2:24pm Nov 9th, 2019

Say you were casting around for a new project (I could do more work on Blueblood but he colonized my entire brain all last month and we need some time apart RN). Say you like writing shipfic. And say Gwen Hayes' Romancing the Beat is one of your favorite structure books, but you can never remember the beats. Say you also like Scrivener.

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Jul
8th
2015

3. Deconstruction of Pixar's Inside Out · 12:44pm Jul 8th, 2015

Hello dear followers and anyone who might chance upon this.

It’s been some time since I actually wrote down one of these deconstructive exercises, but I decided to do it now because of a blog post from Bad Horse about the same movie. I’m grateful for his post, for without it I probably wouldn’t have given this one a chance, and I ended up quite liking it.

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May
4th
2016

Further Throne Delays · 5:46am May 4th, 2016

So, finally got Flutters' chapter up. I'm having delays on Pinkie's, for two reasons; first, it's the first multiperson set up I've done, and I'm sort of stuck both there and in Hunting Season's first threeway, and second, because I'm running into some walls on scenes in Hunting Season; among other things, because it's 150K words long now and I still haven't gotten Fluttershy into Hopper's pants yet. I think I'm going to take out some of the side scenes, like Blueblood's fate (I

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Mar
2nd
2015

I did a thing. · 10:10am Mar 2nd, 2015

So my local Brony group is really active and organized, and one of the things we do is a free, weekly, hour-long writing class with volunteer teachers. I've taught two lessons in it so far, and my non-Brony roommate wanted me to film it this last time because he was interested in the lesson but didn't want to come to the group meeting. So I took about eight hours to get the whole thing into good shape on YouTube, and you can watch it there. And now you can watch it here, if you have a spare

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Dec
31st
2017

Framework your story: The Three Act Structure · 9:00pm Dec 31st, 2017

Feb
28th
2015

Grammer a Week 5: Sentence Structure · 4:40am Feb 28th, 2015

This is Grammer a Week, the periodic blog program-thing where I address a frequently broken grammar rule and tell you how to fix it. This week's installment is about sentence structure. Yeah, it seems like a boring concept, but trust me: it's a subject worth knowing. If you know your sentence structures well, making unique, interesting, and varied sentences will become easier. Oh, and you know those pesky commas that you don't know where to place? A good half of those comma issues can be

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Sep
21st
2020

Being a Better Writer: Concluding a Subplot · 10:22pm Sep 21st, 2020

Hey people! First off, apologies for being a bit late today. I stayed up late making sure the ad campaign for the Big 300 Sale had properly launched, slept late as a result, and then got sidetracked by a lot media news (Bethesda, if you’re curious).

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Aug
21st
2016

To Chapter or Not to Chapter? · 9:11pm Aug 21st, 2016

I didn't mention this in the last post, but I'm also idly working on a sequel to my controversial short story Back to Normal. It's not front-burner, but it's one of those things that could jump forwards unexpectedly.


Is that what that is...

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Jul
17th
2017

Being a Better Writer: Escalating Tension · 10:19pm Jul 17th, 2017

As usual, this post is a copy-paste from my website. Reading there helps build my rankings and keep new material coming!

All right, so this topic has been on the list for a while, and it's high time it gets crossed off. Which means ... I've got to talk about it. Time to see how much knowledge I can impart! So here goes!

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Jan
11th
2016

Spoilers: New Story!! - Treasures and Trinkets (structured blog) · 1:28am Jan 11th, 2016

This blog contains spoilers to my newest story, if you haven't read it I recommend doing so before reading this blog. I wanted to be more structured with this instead of cramming it together is one big paragraph so enjoy my tiny biased review. :twilightsmile:


Hello my friends, Chaos Phantasm here to announce his newest Nyx story, Treasures and Trinkets, a prequel to A Mothers Warmth... and currently its giving me mixed feelings. :applejackunsure:

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Aug
21st
2017

Being a Better Writer: Horizontal and Vertical Storytelling · 10:43pm Aug 21st, 2017

Welcome back readers! I apologize for the lateness of this post, but I had a physical therapy appointment this morning, and that took up the early part of the day when I normally would have been writing this post.

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Aug
22nd
2016

Forward to Chapters · 9:05pm Aug 22nd, 2016

I've just edited Back to Normal to break the structure of the story from one chapter with seven sections, to five separate chapters.

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Jun
8th
2020

Being a Better Writer: Tying Subplots and Plot Together · 9:25pm Jun 8th, 2020

Oct
28th
2015

Why Crossovers are Bad · 1:17am Oct 28th, 2015

Generalizations are a dangerous thing. They often have exceptions, and require subjective judgements to make. The subject of today’s opinion piece, however, is a generalization that I believe in.

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May
28th
2016

I still don't know how to start my story properly. :/ · 6:10am May 28th, 2016

Introduction, how many sentences in a paragraph I should have, what my main character will look like.

I need help...

Feb
25th
2016

Examining Flaws in Human in Equestria Stories: The Lack of Aliens · 4:01am Feb 25th, 2016

I’ve ranted in the past about how FiM breeds wish fulfillment, and how crossovers fundamentally violate the Law of Conservation of Detail. I mentioned in the latter that Human in Equestria has similar problems. Oddly, despite having similar problems, HiE also has other problems that are all its own (despite crossovers often involving humans anyway).

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