14 August 2007

Great observation from my new favorite writing guru. He calls it the "Rule of Joss":
I'm working on my metaphysical pay cable series, and as a massive sf&f geek, I find myself tending to look at episodes from a point of view of "what is the cool sf&f antagonist in this ep? And I have to remind myself of (what I'll call) the Rule of Joss: don't start with the sf&f antagonist. Start with where is the hero emotionally? What is Buffy's real-world emotional problem this week? Now, what is the sf&f antagonist that best catalyzes that emotion or problem?
Read the whole entry. And then read the rest of his blog. And buy his books.

Alex Epstein is awesome.

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