Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Subplots in Stories

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This week's post, I thought I should talk about subplots and what their role is in books/stories and whatnot.

Now, some writers believe that subplots exist only to prolong the word count or basically act as filler content. Well, one thing is known throughout the entire globe: everyone hates fillers.

Sub-plots are stories within stories that can be used to explore and enriches the current world that your characters live in or add further depth into their development as a whole. For example, you could have your main character go back and interact with his old buddies back in his home village... or whatever.

Personally, I use subplots not only to develop characters or flesh out the world; but to also add a somewhat unique aspect to the main story as well. For example, you introduce the hero and the conflict as your main story right? The subplot could explore the antagonist perceptive and offer the "other side of the coin".

That way, and tied to last week's post you create inner conflict and force the reader to make a decision who to support or root for. I also have a rule where I add up all the events that happen in subplots to the main plot as well. Like essentially, there's always gonna be a point where the two collide.

I know this was a short post, but that's all for now, I'll probably do a top tips post on this for next week too.

Until next time,
Write on.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

5 Hidden Pokemon Go Tips

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Okay, so I know that my blog is mainly for writing usually (and the weekly Tuesdays will not change) but I decided to do a bonus post seeing as I'm really addicted to Pokemon Go. Now, I know there are a lot of people who talked about tips and hidden features, but I'm writing this out of my own personal experience.

1- There are two good ways to catch Pokemon very quickly. Once you click on it, starting throwing the ball at him repeatedly (before the screen is loaded). There is about 90% chance that the ball will hit with a 'Nice', 'Great' or even 'Excellent' sometimes. And well, the other is simply Curveballs (which give you an additional 10exp).

NOTE: I'll probably have a gif by tonight to show how to do the Curveball and well... I call it the "Fast Throw". So definitely check this post later on.

2- Taking over gyms, with friends. Grab a friend or two when you plan on going on a Gym rampage. If all of you fight at the same time, you can actually cooperate and fight the Gym Pokemon together (making the battle much MUCH easier).

3- Properly defending a Gym. When you plan to defend a Gym with your friends, make sure that everyone puts a certain type that is opposite to what comes next. For example (Fire - Water - Electric - Ground). If you stretch this long enough, it'll drag the fight endlessly, and your opponents will simply give up due to the strategy needed to take the Gym.

4- 10K Eggs. Do not start hatching these eggs at a low level, instead wait until you are above level 15 (basically that's when you can get 1K+ CP rare Pokemon). This will probably put you ahead of a lot of people as well, transforming you into a beast of a trainer.

5- Pokemon with Special Moves. You might think the only plus to catching duplicates of the same Pokemon that you have is to simply transfer them back and get that 1 candy that you so deserve, but actually some Pokemon are way more useful than the rest. Just pay attention to their special moves (which can be vital during a battle).

BONUS TIP 6- Team Mystic rocks.

That's all, if you would like me to continue and write another 5 tips, don't forget to share and comment!

[EDIT] One of the tips was debunked actually right after I posted this, it is about the special/rare Pokemon that have a blue aura behind them.



See the blue aura behind Squirtle? It turns out that it doesn't mean that it's a rare kind of Squirtle, but actually just a recently caught one (if you sort your Pokemon by most Recent, you'll be able to confirm this - courtesy of Bruce Kraemer).

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tips on Story Writing - Inner Conflict


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For this week's post, I thought I would... Oh right... I guess I have to explain why I missed a couple of blogs right? Okay... Here goes... Pokemon Go. Alright, now that we got that out of the way, let's get to this week's post!

Story writing can involve a lot of different factors, it's not simply just outlining correctly or writing interesting characters and develop them well, there are some things as well.

The world you create!

I know I've talked about this a couple of times before, but I really cannot stress this enough. Even the most basic things would give life to your story. Let's talk about zombies (because who doesn't like zombies right? I mean, thank god Twilight didn't have zombies in it).

Say for example you're writing a story about a zombie outbreak. Now consider the current world status about every issue out there. No matter how silly or idiotic a concept may seem to you, it may very well appeal to someone else (some will try to control it, in order to generate money from it, and others will follow because of their kind hearts which are easily misled).

What the hell am I talking about? Organizations. I am welling to bet that SHOULD a zombie outbreak occur nowadays in the 21st century and after a load of games that prepared us for that possibility... we would have people speak for zombie rights (not hinting at anything, just trying to make a point).

There would just have to be people speaking for how we should contain zombies and that we may not have the technology to save them now, but it might be possible to conjure a cure in the future, and so we should not remember zombies as the wild beasts that they are but the loving people who they once were.

Who knows, they may be right, and I may even side with them, but that's not the point here. It's about how to create an inner conflict in the reader. On one side, zombies are killing people, and trying to rescue them may actually cause a death or two (or you know... mass extinction of the human race) but the reader cannot help but feel like there has to be a cure!

By providing two sides into every situation, you are getting the reader to subconsciously make choices and form opinions. What decision are they supporting? Who are the characters who take this cause as their burden? These can prove to be a vital ingredient to a story.

I hope you find this useful.

Until next time,
Write on.