How NOT To Handle Theme

The best movies use theme to subtly convey a viewpoint, message or idea. Ideally, a theme should behave like parents watching their child perform on stage — easy to spot when looked for, but not so obvious as to be embarrassing. The dream team of Stephen...
Originality in Storytelling vs. Artwork

Originality in Storytelling vs. Artwork

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. – Josh Billings The Year is 30,000 B.C. Otok and Glart have returned from a successful hunting trip (i.e. they didn’t catch anything, but both...
Originality in Storytelling vs. Artwork

What’s in a name?

That Wily Shakespeare In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet makes the argument: What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. Bollocks to that! If the play had instead been called Brent and Hildred, or Addison and...