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Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out CharactersDecember 14th, 2011.Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out Characters by holepunch
Fleshing Out Your Characters.
Some people are good at writing people. They have no difficulties conceiving of them and don't balk at doing the legwork involved in writing interesting, well-developed characters. They know what is believable and what isn't, and have some idea of how readers may react to their cast.
Other people seem to have no idea what makes people tick, what makes characters interesting, and hope that piling on enough abilities or cool traits is a workable substitute for character development.
As you might have expected, this ramble is dedicated to not being the latter. Here are some tips and tricks for dealing with the most notorious and noticeable part of your story...the cast.
1. Writing well takes a lot of work. Characters are no exception to this.
Being lazy is the death of decent characterization. In order to write interesting and well-rounded characters, you must be prepared to develop them actively and do any research necessar
How to get started with Pixel ArtLately I have frequently been asked what programs I use for pixeling and/or animating and also in general how I go about it. Now I currently don't have the time to create a tutorial of my own but I figured until I will be able to do so I could at least give you some helpful tips and link you to some tutorials made by others.How to get started with Pixel Art by ValaSedai
About the programs I use
I do pretty much all the pixeling itself in Photoshop Elements 8.0 which sadly enough isn't free. But don't worry, in general photshop is even a little overpowered for pixel art, I simply use it because I am most used to it.
Technically you can even use Microsoft Paint for pixeling, after all the only two things you really need to be able to create pixel art is a pen tool and the ability to zoom in far enough. The only real disadvantage about Paint is the lack of transparency support so you can only create pixels with an opaque background.
However I can offer you a really great third optio
Product And PriceHere's Part 2 of the series- where I cover Product and Price.Product And Price by wbd
Marketing isn't just advertising, although it can seem that way sometimes. In fact, advertising may be the worst aspect and least effective part of marketing for you. You don't have the ability to make huge "ad buys" or the time to wait and "build brand awareness" or anything like that. No, you need to focus on other aspects of marketing. Remember, marketing is about engagement. You must engage with your potential customers. You don't have to be their friend, but you do have to be a good partner.
At the heart of marketing is the 4 Ps- Product, Price, Promotion, and Place. Let's start with Product and Price.
Product sounds straightforward- it's the art, right? Well, not necessarily. Let me explain it by asking a question. What is Facebook's product? I'll give you a moment to think.
(okay, pretend this is a moment or something)
Here it is: Facebook's product is the opportunity to advertise to you, the Fac
How To Market Your Art Without Hurting It Part 1Marketing is a dirty word, and that's because it's been misused. Don't run from Marketing- instead, understand what it really is and how it can help you.How To Market Your Art Without Hurting It Part 1 by wbd
At its heart, marketing is all about making a profound connection between you and other people. It's about letting them know that there is something awesome that you've made and that they will really enjoy. Do you like your art? Do you want to let people know about your art? Do you want to share something awesome with them?
Do you want to make some money? That's a crude question, I'm a bad man for asking that, but it's still important. Imagine if you could make a good living (paid for house, car, family, fun, etc) just from doing what you love. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? There is such a thing as integrity, and it'd be nice to make a living while maintaining it.
Marketing is about all of those things, and in this series of journal posts I'm going to explain a bit about marketing to hopefully help you.
I won't go into the abuse of