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Chapter 5 Exercises for ABBCA
GreenBat Tutorials Chapter 5 Exercises

For Atticus and Blake's Buddy-cop Adventure
Write-a-Novel Exercise 5.1
Go through the list of characters we started in the last tutorial, and mark down what story roles that each character fills.
Plot Premises
Protagonists
Officer Atticus Warner, blackbear, member of the Fourth Wall Border Patrol
Blake Parker, self-proclaimed anarchist and definitely not a narcissist.
Antagonist
New Blake, a perfected clone of the original (open to better names)
Sub-protagonists
None
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7 Tips for Creating an Antihero
7 Tips for Creating an Antihero
Chapter 5 “Characters” – Section 2.2 “Antiheroes
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0

"I'm drawn to the classic antihero, the guy who's probably made a bunch of mistakes and really has the capacity to go either way. That's the most interesting type of character for me to watch, to see what decisions they'll make. There's a lot of gray area there for a writer to explore."
-Kurt Sutter
 
One of the most trending and most debated archetypes in modern storytelling is the antihero. As with most fictional conventions, people have different opinions about what constitutes an antihero—ranging from a hero who is dark and brooding, to a villain who is the main character of the story. But
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Workshop: Outlining and Premise for ABBCA

Atticus and Blake's Buddy-cop Adventure

(An Entry for the Workshop: “Outlining and Premise”)
 
Please note that this story is a work of comedy, and is supposed to be almost like a cartoon. For that reason you will see a lot of cop-movie cliches. I want them there as I plan to use each of them in a rather satirical way for a reason that fits the plot. In fact, I would be happy to hear any more ideas for additional cop-movie cliches I can add to it.
Your First Task
As mentioned above, plot premises are very important, not just so you can relate the story concept to your reader, but also, so you know what each path each character is going to take in their journey.  You'll start off by making a list of your characters (protagonist, antagonist and supporting characters) and then create a pl
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9 Tips for Creating a Heroic Protagonist
9 Tips for Creating a Heroic Protagonist
Chapter 5 “Characters” – Section 2.1 “Heroes
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
-Christopher Reeve
Within the realm of Protagonists, the main characters who drive your plot forward, there is a type that stands out among the rest for its popularity and dramatic power. This protagonist is called the “hero,” and is probably the most popular type of main character that people use. Heroes are characters who actively fight on behalf of some ideal—whether justice, compassion, the safety of others, peace, or any other principal which they determine to
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Workshop Entry - Prep Work
“Atticus and Blake's Buddy-cop Adventure”
Timeline and World Map
(An Entry for the Workshop: “Prep Work”)
Your First Task
is to create a full timeline for your world. It should include all the events that need to take place prior to the start of the novel in order for your plot to happen. In case you're a little confused, JosephBlakeParker has a tutorial journal on the topic.
Introduction
So the time-line in my story will actually be a bit wonky and confusing. It starts off in what I will temporarily call “Alternate Earth 1.” This world has quite a bit of development to it, which is explained in anothe
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4 Tips for Attaining Realism in Fiction
4 Tips for Attaining Realism in Fiction
Chapter 8 “From Story to Art” – Section 6 “Realism"
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
-Tom Clancy

When I was in college, I had a professor who explained to me the virtue of embellishing a story when telling it to others for the sake of entertainment. He explained that when you tell someone something that happens to you, it will always be more dull than it was when you were actually there. And since the purpose of telling someone a story like that is their own personal enjoyment, it is important to embellish it enough so that they feel the same things that you felt when th
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15 Tips for Writing Horror
15 Tips for Writing Horror
Chapter 2 “Genres” – Section 6 “Horror"

Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0




“[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.” 
― Clive Barker
Horror is a genre which plays upon the emotions of the audience, but it does so for very specific reasons. We may not always analyze why we are made afraid by a sotry, but there are usually specific reason for our fears, a specific nature to them, and a specific way in which we can make fear more effective. So today, we are going to take a look at the things that scare people the most by learning the Ten Sources of Horror.
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21 Tips for Writing Humor
21 Tips for Writing Humor
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0
Chapter 2 “Genres” – Section 9 “Humor”
“The secret to humor is surprise.”
-Aristotle
There are many theories as to the nature, science, and reason for humor. It's an element of human behavior that seems objective in the skill that is required to execute it successfully, and yet just as subjective for how unpredictably it can hit every individual audience member. Today, I'm going to talk about the various forms that humor takes, and give you some tips for making your humorous story a success. To start with, lets look at what I will call the “five scales of comedy”. (Please note that the following is not intended as definitive list of the only sources and scales of humor
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6 Tips for Writing in the Supernatural Genre
6 Tips for Writing in the Supernatural Genre
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0
Chapter 2 “Genres” – Section 5 “Supernatural”
“People are always the start for me [...] gods, supernatural beings, immortals, the dead... these are all people to me.” -Tanith Lee
Supernatural fiction, also known as Gothic fiction, is a sort of urban fantasy that involves themes such as subtle magic, monsters, the occult, demons, ghosts, God, the Devil, etc… It is similar to horror, dealing with the same dark and ominous themes; but the purpose of the genre is not necessarily to create fear. To the contrary, it has been popularly hybridized with action, romance, drama, and even humor. Supernatural fiction can stand on a range of tones from supernatural thri
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Christmas in the Desert
Christmas in the Desert
by Joseph Blake Parker
“Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist. Keep on loving, keep on fighting. […] Hold on for your life.” - Pat the Bunny
I stood in the sandy yard,
while friends waited for me inside;
They drank eggnog, and ate pie,
laughed and bickered in turn.
Meanwhile, I did my holiday duty,
to stand in the frosty wind;
And make the dreaded phone calls
to my family's shattered remains.
My mother weathering the season alone,
and grandparents fearing tragedy to come.
I felt the weight of their lives,
press on my shoulders and belly;
Distant, stiff, heavy, frigid, and fearsome
as the exposed hand holding my phone.
It was then that I saw a white-haired man
also walk into the cactus and rock;
Desiring solitude, he looked around,
But couldn't see me wave through the brush.
His pale and wrinkled face began to scald pink
By steaming tears that trailed his dry skin;
His breath created a white wisp of
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13 Tips for Teaching Others to Write
13 Tips for Teaching Others to Write
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0
Chapter 10 “The Writing Life” – Section 6 “Teaching”
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
-Aristotle
Learning a craft, starting from nothing, can be a complex challenge that requires complex solutions. In college, I found that I was unable to recall information well enough to get the grades I wanted. Fortunately, it was around that time that I was invited to a study group with other students who were not getting the best of grades. Upon reading with them, sharing notes, and trying to grasp the concepts we were challenged with, I learned that each of us had a slight advantage at learning certain concepts; so we used our personal strengths to explain
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4 Tips for Loving Your Stories
 4 Tips for Loving Your Stories
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0
Chapter 10 “The Writing Life” – Section 5 “Love of Craft”
“Tell me all your stories, tell me all the feelings about your stories. And I'll compassionately accept you, your feelings, and your stories.” - JP Sears (On how to speak to ourselves)
One of the biggest dangers that I've discovered in the writing craft is in defining one's self-worth from it. With stories, writing, or art being so integral to our lives, it is hard not to let it singularly define us instead of letting it be healthy part of us. As a result, we judge ourselves based on warped standards for writing that come from other writers, from critics, or even from ourselves. For me, this becomes a particular
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Oh Shit, Zombies - Poem

"A Realization of the Possibility of my own Moral and Spiritual Mortality"




(or more concisely titled)


"Oh Shit, Zombies"
 
Inspired by “All the Dead Kids / Unicron” by Andrew Jackson Jihad
If I am zombie bitten
    infected by disease
    corrupt philosophies
what walks the earth afterward
    is a ravenous husk
    stalking in dawn and dusk.
I ask that you forgive me
    if my soul dies
    to make my body rise
when my bloodlust blends
    with my dread
    of those not dead.
As my teeth shred flesh
    and bring the ends
    of all your family and friends
we'll live parasitically
    cannibalizing the living
    for a corpse's thanksgiving.
Plea
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10 Tips for Writing Science Fiction
10 Tips for Writing Science Fiction
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0
Chapter 2 “Genres” – Section 4 “Sci-fi”
“Science fiction has a way of letting you talk about where we are in the world and letting you be a bit of a pop philosopher without being didactic.” -Brit Marling

Today, we are going to talk about the grand and inclusive genre of science fiction. But as we continue to move along in these tutorials about genres, I feel there is something important to point out. Nearly all of the suggestions that I make are universal and can be applied to all other genres. I go into each tutorial, with the intention of applying the tips best suited to that particular genre; but that doesn't mean that any of them are exclusive. Additionally,
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Miles to Go
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“Can you move your leg over the edge of your bed?”
 
Already it’s been roughly two weeks since my rail platform accident. Still I’m bedridden, still my left leg is all plaster and bandages, and already I’m growing dangerously thin by comparison to my usually slim build.
 
I concentrate all of my energy into moving my leg. That’s when the excruciating pain quite literally kicks in, taking the form of a spontaneous muscle spasm.
 
I don’t flash back completely, but my leg does. I feel terrified and am ashamed when I break down crying with childlike abandon. But Jessica doesn’t scold me the way the therapist in the hospital did. Her voice, colored by a hearty Michigan accent, contains realism and optimism in equal measure.
 
“That’s all I need from you today,” she says, placing one hand on my shoulder and one on my leg. “I just wanted to see where you’re at.”
 
“Okay
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How to Pace Character Arc
Everyone loves stories about underdogs pulling off a big win and the likes of Han Solo picking up arms to fight for what’s right. But what about when a character just can’t make up his mind to do anything? Or the girl who’s always right no matter what and never has a bad thing happen to her? Those stories just aren’t as interesting and can verge on annoying.
So how do you fix them? You’ve got to plan the pace of your character arc, your character’s journey of transformation, from the very beginning.
What Is Character Arc?
Character arc is a change in your character physically, emotionally, or spiritually from the beginning of your story to the end. It’s called an arc because it spans the length of your story in an arcing fashion. This change can be for the better or worse—growth or regression—but something has to change. If your character ends up the same as he or she started, well, that doesn’t make for
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Joseph Blake Parker
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I'm a writer interested in writing on the topics of YA Horror, Fantasy, Suspense, and Science Fiction. I also dabble in cooking, poetry, and reviews. At the moment, I am working on four Young Adult novels, and a step-by-step instructional guide so that ANYBODY can write a novel. I hope to publish my first novel in the coming year.

I grew up between Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and Alabama, USA. Went to school in Tulsa OK, and got my Double Bachelor Degree in Writing (with a concentration in Literature) and Spanish.

Almost everything I post here will have to do with teaching what I've learned over the years about writing and editing. I hope you all enjoy.
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Hey Writing Peeps,

I'm going to be traveling for the coming month. So I may not be able to put out any new tutorials during that time. I'll do my best to answer any comments or emails with my phone. 

As for members of GreenBat-Tutorials - I will be publishing my sample exercises for the next two months before I leave. I'll also try to read and keep up with all of your entries. My exercises (because I've had to rush them) will be somewhat abbreviated and I may be late getting to commenting on your work. But thank you for your patience until I get settled again.

Blake
Hey Writing Peeps!

The guys from my favorite podcast (BFFs Podcast) interviewed "Birdman" co-writer Alex Dinelaris. I wanted to leave a quote about writing from Alex, as well as the link to the podcast.

"I swear to god if you are willing to work harder than everybody else at the basics, at the boring shit, you get to the top 10% that quick."

Hello my Writing Peeps!

As you may have noticed, we're coming to a close on our tutorial segment on plot-points. After the next two tutorials, which will finish up this segment, we are going to be looking at some all-new material that I have been studying, working on, and thinking about. I think you will find it interesting, fun, and helpful to your writing. 

In the meantime, I am planning on republishing my list of Youtube Channels that can help writers with their craft. Of course, I want to make the explanations better and the tutorial more professional, but I would also like to include more recommended channels and perhaps even double or triple the length of the list! 

That is where you come in. If you know of any channels that help you with your writing, please suggest them in the comments or via a private note. I'll look at all videos recommended. Anyone whose video makes the list will receive a mention and a special thanks in the tutorial. 

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions,

Blake
  • Listening to: The Anorexic Olsen Twin
  • Reading: Stephen King's "It"
  • Watching: Assassination Classroom
  • Playing: Civilization V
  • Eating: Crackers
  • Drinking: Coffee ... this will never change.

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Xenotoonz9f Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Student Artist
Hey. :)

I've been yearning to write a bizzaro fiction novel. Not sure if you've heard of the genre, but it gears toward weird protagonists and plot elements.

Eraserhead Press is looking for new books of this sort; they're the pioneers of it actually. Anyway, I have an idea...but I really want to avoid plagiarism or my idea sucking.

My protagonist is a samurai, that much I know. But I've been struggling trying to make him a freaky non-human or inanimate object-like creature. Something weirdly not human. I don't want readers to think this is a knock off of the Ninja Turtles or the Usagi comics. This is a major artist's block case I have, and Eraserhead's submissions period starts tomorrow. It ends June 31st. So I have like three months.

I'm extremely unsure. But I've actually been able to get my work published in the past. There's a website on the post apocalypse genre called Ash Tales, and they feature people's shorts. Mine's According To Engolai, check it out if you want.

As far as the full bizzaro book...is it something I can accomplish? :(
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Professional Writer
I think if you really throw yourself into it, working every day and pushing out a major amount of work, the most you could do would be three drafts. And I wouldn't discourage you from trying to accomplish this, especially if deadlines help you with your productivity. I would, however, say that maybe you don't want to. What I mean by that is that three drafts will probably not produce the book you are envisioning, in the quality you expect of yourself. I mean, I don't know your history of writing, how talented or practiced you are, etc... But I do know that communicating a vision in the medium of storytelling, with efficiency, takes time. At least it has for me. 

I mean, it sounds like a fun goal to try for, and it will give you valuable experience in trying to publish, regardless of the outcome. So I encourage you and wish you the best of luck. But I also encourage you to take your time and to happily continue to work on your story for maybe next year or the year after, regardless of how these next three months work out.  
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Tackycat Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
I've just self-published a novel called "The Prince Must Die," and I need some ideas on how to market it.
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Professional Writer
The only idea I can give you is to platform. That means to blog, or write a free series, or do videos so that people get to know you and gain an interest in your work vicariously. You need to get your name out there and gain audience interest by providing some sort of hook. 
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Tackycat Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
okay, will do. I have a blog , but it seems like nobody reads it.
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Mythrin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Student General Artist
Sorry to bother you with another comment so soon, but I don't suppose you could email me copies of the writing tutorial files?  I'm having troubles with formatting the copy/pastes and making each section look consistent.
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Professional Writer
I would, but I actually do all of my formatting on Stash (DA's writing app) as well as some editing before each publication. So all of my original files are an even more jumbled mess. 
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Mythrin Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Student General Artist
Ah, I see.  Thank you for answering, anyway~
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Mythrin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Student General Artist
Any chance your writing tutorials can or will be converted into a physical format?  I can't read much on a screen without straining my eyes.
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JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Professional Writer
They will ... and there will be a big announcement when they are. But it will take some time. Feel free to copy, paste, and print them out if you have a printer, though. 
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