Dystopia

“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”― Lois Lowry, The Giver Everything was perfect, as it should be. Every person was provided for evenly. No one went hungry. No one was homeless, and yet Charlie didn't feel right. She woke up every day at the same …

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Passion

“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”― Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves Character development challenge: What is your …

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An Awkward Conversation

Scott Pilgrim: Did you know that the original name for Pac-Man was Puck-Man? You'd think it was because he looks like a hockey puck but it actually comes from the Japanese phrase 'Paku-Paku,' which means to flap one's mouth open and closed. They changed it because they thought Puck-Man would be too easy to vandalize, you …

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God of the Party

“He is life's liberating force.He is release of limbs and communion through dance.He is laughter, and music in flutes.He is repose from all cares -- he is sleep!When his blood bursts from the grapeand flows across tables laid in his honorto fuse with our blood,he gently, gradually, wraps us in shadowsof ivy-cool sleep.”― Euripides, The Bacchae Allen …

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What is Evil?

“What if evil doesn't really exist? What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except out own limitations? The constant battle between our will, our desires, and our choices?”― Libba Bray, Rebel Angels Let's talk about evil. What makes a character "evil?" What motivates your antagonist? Think about your …

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Emotional Morphing

“Ford... you're turning into a penguin. Stop it.”― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Freelance detectives, Don and Marissa, are members of a supernatural PI company. Based on her emotions, Marissa will morph into a different animal. In order to control this ability, she must feel content. Unfortunately for Marissa, she's an empath and feels …

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