Just Write: Month 4

I’m alright, I just need to recharge.

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Well, here we are with my writing report! So how’d I do?

…Wait, is anyone on WordPress even interested in reading the blog of an aspiring writer?

…Whatevs! Let’s get into it!

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Batman: A Study In Being Batly Written

But the simple truth is that in the real world, we want very little to do with people who are horribly flawed with no intention to fix themselves.

So I found Logan a brilliant-but-joyless-watch-once movie. I thought Bloodborne had no emotional resonance or coherent storytelling (or rather, had a hidden coherent story which it did not tell in a way that made you care). And I thought that Batman: White Knight was a hamfisted political agenda which required the universe to be warped in its “hero’s” favour. All of the above are widely held as masterpieces of fictional works.

What is the next opinion heresy I will commit as a nerd?

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Captain America: Hail Hydra.

Simple: Flat out state that, handled poorly, Batman is a boring and unlikable character.

Now that my CLICKBAIT has your attention, proceed if you wish to hear one nerd’s opinion which is entirely personal and in no way represents objective fact!

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The Write Stuff: Year Two

And in all that, I didn’t stop writing in my blog week after week.

So here we are, 2 years or so since I first started out.

2018 draws to a close. We’ve had a democratic victory in my home country, the passing of Stan Lee, and if I am to believe what I hear, the first genuinely good live-action Transformers movie, and Aquaman of all heroes representing the first fun DCEU movie. What a time to be alive.

So…How am I doing?

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Nightcrawler: BAMF Goes The Elf

He looks like a demon, fights like a rogue, believes like a cleric, charms like a bard, and crusades like a paladin.

As we enter December and approach Christmas, a holiday with holy significance for me, I figured this was a good time to talk about one of my favourite comic characters.

A jolly, jovial fellow who cracks a good joke. An agile wall-crawler who performs daring feats of acrobatics to baffle opponents larger and tougher than he is. Yet for all that, a hero with a strong sense of decency and morals.

WHO APPEARS IN A BURST OF RUSHING AIR AND BRIMSTONE FROM AN UNEARTHLY DIMENSION, DARK AS MIDNIGHT AND EYES AGLOW LIKE THE MOON!

And if you think I made a mistake describing Spider-Man, YOU’RE WRONG. FOR I WASN’T DESCRIBING SPIDER-MAN.

For he is Nightcrawler. And he is the true BAMF.

A Bad Ass Mother…Friend. Because flirting aside, he’s the Fun Guy Mum Friend to contrast with Colossus being the Good Boy Mum Friend.

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Likability: Rating Character Approval

The audience can relate to them, meaning they see some of themselves in them: “Oh yes, I ALSO eat food in order to not die!”

Hey guys! I made the best character ever!

They’ve got a heart-wrenching, tragic backstory to make them morally complex, yet they are also relatable and always make the right choices!

Everyone that matters loves them and everyone that doesn’t is proven wrong as a mean stupid-head!

I gave them all the best lines and quotes, and the world comes to a halt unless they’re around!

…What do you mean YOU DON’T LIKE THEM? I just TOLD you to like them! What’s the deal with THAT?

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Real Talk: Writing To Get Paid

If you are striving to be a responsible adult, that is ALREADY A HEROIC STRUGGLE and good job making it this far.

Every writer dreams of making their art reality for all the world to see. They also dream that the art will be well-received and beloved.

And everyone, not just artists, dreams of getting paid to do what they love.

But to get paid, you need to work. To work, you need marketable skills which the job market wants.

…So…how can we put that Master’s Degree in English Literature and our five Dynasty Warriors fanfictions to work?

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Conflict Of Ideas: Black Panther vs. White Knight

Mind-control. The only thing you need to win a war of words.

In this corner, the ideas of the characters we’re supposed to root for! It’s what they stand for! It’s clearly the solution to the current problem!

In the other corner, the ideas opposed to them! Reasons and justifications for OTHER things!

What’s the handicap? Is it an even match? And IS THE REF LINING THEIR GLOVES WITH WEIGHTS? Or SLOW COUNTING WHEN THEY’RE KNOCKED DOWN?

When two ideas clash in a story, is it a REAL MATCH? Or a bout of PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING?

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