Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the net
Not a commenter was typing, not even to leave a threat;
The subscribers were staring at their screens with care,
In hopes that Terrible Writing Advice would cover Holiday Specials on a dare;
When out a notification icon there arose a such a clatter,
The commenters sprang from their let’s play to see what’s the matter.
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But a horrible wreck of a video, oh dear.
But when they heard JP exclaim, ere he dove out of sight–
“Happy Christmas to all, suckers, because I made this video out of spite!”
Oh man. I had a terrible nightmare. I dreamed that my plot was riddled with pointless side plots, a meandering middle, disconnected plot threads, and even pointless scenes full of dull exposition. It even had a horrible plot twist at the end. Thankfully it was all just a dream.
Honest thoughts will be in video form in a few weeks.
My Honest Thoughts on plotting a story will be uploaded as a video on the main Terrible Writing Advice channel at a later date since I get asked about how to structure a plot so much.
Making sure your “peaceful” explorers have enough firepower to survive the dangers of space is important. After all, if it’s one thing every science fiction story has shown us is that first contact always goes wrong so you want to be armed with only the latest in military technology. Lasers and shields still won’t ensure your survivability as well as being the protagonist, but it can’t hurt.
There were a number of errors in my book, Labyrinth. Thankfully, I finally fixed them and replaced them with all new errors! Those who purchased the kindle version should have it automatically update. Unfortunately, the print/dead tree version through amazon and Barnes and Noble will be taken off sale until I receive a proof copy, but should be back up in a couple of weeks.
Also, Terrible Writing Advice hit 200k subscribers today! I’m still kind of shocked my channel grew that big. Happy 200k TWA!
Nothing is more intense than the fearsome stare of a pair of rival characters, except for maybe the author’s laziness. Don’t forget to have the rivals scream each other’s name all the time. I’m sure that will never get old.
The easy part of writing Steampunk is making the story Steampunk by pasting some gears on it. The hard part of writing Steampunk is keeping the story Steampunk and not veering off into other genres by accident.
Character development is a long, careful process that can produce truly engaging and stellar story telling. Which is why we are going to use cheap shortcuts! Why put the effort into developing a character when we can fake it instead? Pretending to develop one's moral character is such a great trick that I use it in real life!