Michael Capriola commented on the post, The Biggest Lie We Believe about Strong Female Protagonists 3 months, 1 week ago
In one of Lois McMaster Bujold’s novels (from the Miles Vorkosigan series) a female immigrant to a patriarchal society fails to gain the respect of the menfolk (aside from her husband) until she finds herself leading one of the teams attempting to suppress a coup. And it is her team which ends the fighting by killing the coup’s leader. She gains…[Read more]
I forget who it was that said, “We don’t tell children fairy tales to prove that dragons exist. Children already know that they exist. We tell them the stories to teach them that dragons can be slain.”
Michael Capriola commented on the post, How to Design a More Compelling Theme by Showing Instead of Telling 5 months ago
Excellent article. I have to rethink one of my climatic scenes because a character does state part of the message.
On the subject of an idealistic candidate for President challenging a shady character, I strongly suggest you watch “The Best Man” (Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson) which is an in-depth study of that scenario.
Michael Capriola commented on the post, 3 Creative Ways to Choose the Theme for Your Next Novel 5 months ago
Very valuable article. Thank you.
The subject of THEME reminds me of 2 anecdotes.
Isaac Asimov was once approached by a fan who explained to him what the story was all about. Asimov disagreed with the fan’s conclusions, to which the man retorted, “Just because you’re the author doesn’t mean you know what the story is about.”
Michael Capriola commented on the post, How to Create Villains Who Are Actually Intimidating 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Very useful article. I’m still fine-tuning my manuscript with special attention to the characters. I opted to forego the typical Good Guys vs Bad Guys duality. Instead, I have two sets of protagonists and two sets of antagonists all after the same object for different reasons. Alliances are made and unmade. The protagonists don’t even…[Read more]