John’s Believe It Or Not… February 9th

It’s Therapeutic Thursday! Did you know…

Metis establish a provisional government at Red River; Louis Riel elected President. Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1870. The Red River Colony centred on present-day Winnipeg Manitoba was mainly populated by the Metis – which means “mixed blood” They saw themselves as a new nation (French/Native, English/Native) and demanded provincial status within the new Confederation of Canada. It was the Red River Rebellion and Louis Riel became the spokesperson. It was successful as Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald caved to Metis demands making the rebel leader, Riel, a Father of Confederation! Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… February 9th”

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We Know So Little of Each Other

“Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor—all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked—who is good? Not that men are ignorant—what is truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.”

~ W.E.B. Du Bois

William Edward Burghart Du Bois (1868-1963) was an African-American scholar, author, socialist and political activist. He was the very first person of colour to earn a doctorate degree in the United States. Du Bois was a founding father of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in 1909. He opposed racism and bigotry in all of its ugly forms and believed that education was the key to achieving the goals of full rights and liberties under the law. Continue reading “We Know So Little of Each Other”

Conflict is More Important than Character

Steven Capps provides us with a thoughtful discussion about the roles of conflict and character in driving the plot of a great story.

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I know that this is an unpopular opinion. Truthfully, there are countless people who are smarter and more successful than I am, who believe the exact opposite. Up until a few days ago, I believed that of all the elements of a story the concept of character was, by far, the most integral element of a narrative. I am not saying that it is unimportant, but rather the idea of conflict has more power in creating a compelling narrative. It drives tension, creates depth, and is pervasive in every element of skilled storytelling. To kick off this discussion, I want to present my view of character.

Character: The Lens of the Reader

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Characters are representations of people who have a role in a story. I argue that in order to qualify as a character, the person depicted actually has to engage in some sort of activity relevant to the Point of View…

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Why So Angry, Hero?

Charles Yallowitz talks to us about angry heroes – the challenges and the benefits. An interesting read!

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I like writing angry characters.  Something about having a hero unleash their rage makes me put a lot more into a scene.  Yeah, I’m probably angry a lot myself, which is why I connect to this emotion more than others.  Then again, a lot can happen when somebody loses their temper.  They can make a mistake or defeat an obstacle.  Anger isn’t always a bad thing as long as you use it correctly.  I mean, it isn’t too far off from stubborn defiance and determination.

An angry hero isn’t very unusual because this tends to be the mode that most anti-heroes fall into.  Hulk, Punisher, Wolverine, Guy Gardner, Red (above), and so many others take their strength from losing their cool.  This makes it difficult for them to work within groups unless they’re the leaders or the dynamic is designed to accommodate them.  It really is…

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