Emerald Specter 49: Storytelling

If you haven’t been paying attention, Emerald Specter.com is quickly shifting to telling stories. Stories about all kinds of wonderful things, some in “real time,” and some pre-written. With this focus, this branding, I’ll be moving things in directions that I hadn’t necessarily intended when I started moving the site in this direction. In August, […]

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Storytelling Specter 8 – Your Universe Isn’t Marvel

Just like the title says, you aren’t Marvel. You aren’t DC, either. Image doesn’t have a shared universe and the best analogy I have is you’re like Dark Horse… you have the basis of a shared universe, but you still don’t have a publisher. In the simplest terms, stop thinking you have something as interesting […]

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Storytelling Specter 7 – Creating Comics

I have wanted to create comics since I started collecting them back in 1987. Yes, I didn’t start COLLECTING until then, I read plenty before that. When I started creating my own heroes, I was jotting down ideas on note cards and creating thinly veiled rip offs of the heroes I liked reading about. I’ve […]

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Storytelling Specter 6 – Writing for Production

Welcome back to the Storytelling Specter, which I was going to cut from the rotation of columns but have decided to include into a “random thought” appearance of the column like the Life Imitates Wrestling column that keeps hanging around. Let’s get this thing rolling, shall we? As the title indicates, I’m going to be […]

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Storytelling Specter 5 – Plotters and Pantsers

There are two types of people, I’m told, that typically do “big” writing (i.e. novels, series of novels, etc).  I’ve decided to do a little personal analysis as I talk about plotters and pantsers. First and foremost, let me tell you what the hell a pantser is: that is the type of person who doesn’t […]

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Storytelling Specter 4 – “Pilot Season” Update

For anyone who isn’t up to speed, what I’m calling a “pilot season” is actually my short story writing all of a list of ideas into thirteen 3,000 word stories.  Now that you’re up to speed, let’s get an update out of the way with an idea about what I plan on doing from here. […]

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Storytelling Specter 3

Every story can be boiled down to a simplistic means.  Some claim that this is a really small amount of words.  Let’s discuss what I think in the Storytelling Specter. I’ve been told that a story is essentially “someone does a thing.”  I can agree with that.  The source of that information also says that […]

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Storytelling Specter 2

It was a dark and stormy night. Wow, that was not really exciting at all… and I used “it” when I could have used something else.  It’s the war against “it” in today’s Storytelling Specter! Write a paragraph without really thinking about what you’re writing and you’ll more than likely use the word “it” more […]

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Storytelling Specter 1

I’m getting more and more out of my time, now… and since I always meet with my writing club on Mondays (at least where I currently live), I’ve decided to write myself a new little column that I’ll put out on Mondays.  Welcome to Storytelling Specter. The first and most important thing for anyone who […]

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