Rebel’s Writing Tips: Get the Numbers Right

Let’s just address the elephant in the room: not a whole lot of people like math.  Particularly in the creative fields, it is often expressed that math is the bane of existence.  It usually doesn’t matter whether someone is good or bad either; math is just seen as something that is the antithesis of creativity.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to subsequently find a ton of math and number errors in stories.  Whether it be ages and dates not matching up or distances to locations not making sense, even the most popular stories tend to have these (franchises like Harry Potter included).  While in most cases the error is fairly minor, you’d be wrong to think fans will never notice.  As a story gains more popularity, these sorts of errors will stick out like a sore thumb.  Sure, no one will probably call you out on it unless it causes a plot hole.  BUT they will notice.

So, what should you do about it?  Today I would like to share with you some of my tips for making sure you get your math and various numbers right.  Some of these are going to apply for people bad at math, and some can be applicable regardless of your skill level.  Either way, they are something to consider when writing any story.

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Some Thoughts on “Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess”

In a similar vein to last week, I decided to explore another fairy tale from Andrew Lang’s The Blue Fairy Book: “Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess.”  While the message of not being able to recognize your own flaws is very obvious within the tale, there were some peculiarities in the story that I felt were worth exploring.  As per usual, remember the following interpretation is my own.  You’re welcome to your own opinions, and I make no claim my opinions are anymore correct than anybody else’s.

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Rebel’s Beginner’s Tips #1 for RPG Maker

While I am certainly no outstanding expert on RPG Maker, I have clocked in a few hundred hours between RPG Maker VX Ace and RPG Maker MV.  I even have three completed games that you can view on my game studio site, Illimitable Galaxies.  As such, I have overcome a lot of trials in regards to using the engine to create games.  With both programs going on sale pretty often, I feel it’d be relevant for me to pass some of my personal tips for those just starting out the engine.  Keep in mind, these tips really only apply to the two programs mentioned above; I have no idea how applicable my tips are for other entries into the RPG Maker series, such as RPG Maker XP.  However, hopefully you will find the following tips helpful as you first learn the program and start your path into making a game.

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Some Thoughts on “The Bronze Ring”

One of the hardest genres I find to do a literary analysis for is fairy tales.  Unlike other older writings, fairy tales most definitely have a deeper meaning behind them.  After all, at their heart they are allegories to spread messages, usually warnings about leading moral lives.  In order to achieve this, though, fairy tales go to some odd places.  One minute it can be a regular love story and then poof, all the princesses are swans because of an evil witch testing the prince’s humility.  Symbolism runs deep in these stories, and today’s story, “The Bronze Ring,” is no exception.  As per usual, remember the following interpretation is my own opinion, and you’re welcome to research and come to your own conclusion.

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Sorry Folks, Writing is a Skill

It’s no real secret that I spend a lot of my time writing.  I write for this blog every week, I write webcomic reviews for StArt Faire every month, I do a lot of social media managing which involves a lot of tweet writing, etc.  While I wouldn’t say I’m the best writer, I have definitely seen worse; you only need to be an English major in a low level college class to see the huge difference sometimes in skill level.  While I don’t often have time for fiction, I do occasionally write that as well.  I’m arguably more passionate about fiction and stories, but I also do enjoy the sorts of non-fiction analysis that I do here on this blog.  Either way, I have lots of experience in writing, in part because I make efforts to practice it when I can.

Thus, as someone who identifies as a writer, nothing grinds my gears more than seeing others treat writing as anything less than a skill.

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Some Thoughts on “The Star”

Revisiting H.G. Wells again, this week I read the short story “The Star.”  While like most sci-fi it expresses a common fear we have about objects colliding with Earth, what is truly intriguing about the story is how it juxtaposes scale to express an even worse fear we have: insignificance.  As per usual, remember the following analysis is simply my own opinion, and you’re welcome to have your own interpretation to the piece.

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