I specialize in bird law.
Starting Divergent this weekend! Yes, this is my first time reading it. Please no spoilers.
I found this awesome book about writing fight scenes. Super helpful! Tells you the basics, different fighting techniques, how, generally speaking, men and woman respond differently when fighting, and talks about each weapon—swords, guns, improv weapons, and how to use them, how to steal someone’s ship if you’re a pirate. It even talks about how to write fight scenes with characters that can turn into animals.
Then, as one of my followers suggested ;) I’m watching Attack on Titan right now. I’ll admit, it’s not one I would pick out on my own, but, I’m all about branching out this year to keep my writing and ideas fresh.
And today, I’m totally buying Catching Fire! And finishing Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson.
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Plotting Technique #8
I actually learned this plotting tool from David Farland’s book Million Dollar Outlines (he has a whole list of plotting tools in that book, if you’re interested). Tripling is where you set up three instances that hit the same emotional beat.
I’ve published some poetry and short fiction, but that was before I discovered all these cool little writing tricks in DBZ. I’m working on a novel right now that uses some of them, but for the most part, it was mostly plotted before I discovered those tricks. But, I’ll definitely be using some of what Akira Toriyama taught me when plotting out my next novel. :)
Plotting Technique #7
This plotting technique takes place toward the end of the series. Vegeta, a “bad guy,” has settled down with a family for seven years at this point. He hasn’t done anything “bad” for years, and he’s now more of an antihero than a villain. But he still has the dream of beating Goku in a fight. Despite how hard Vegeta trains, he can never catch up to how strong Goku is, which eats at him more than anything in the series because Vegeta is brimming with pride.
The main villain of the show at this point is named Babidi, and he has the ability to invade people’s minds and control them. Well, Vegeta realizes that the only way he can be powerful enough to defeat Goku is to give himself over to Babidi’s mind control. Vegeta comes to a cross roads where he must choose between his “good guy” self and his “bad guy” self. He picks the latter.