Learn how to make your characters humanlike

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All great stories are about great characters. But for a character to become great, they must leave the 1-dimensional realm of the cardboard cutout character and become a humanlike character, existing in more than 2 dimensions, aided by the contradictions inherent in them. This means that he shouldn’t be all good or all bad. Nor should he stay the same forever. He can’t always be strong with no moments of weakness. She can’t be beautiful and confident with no moments of self-doubt. Why?

No species is as conflicted as Homo sapiens, which explains why we are fascinated by contradictions in…

a Villain if ever I saw one — source

Ever written a story that just wasn’t working?

No matter what you tried, you couldn’t seem to get it right, and like a virus, this inability sent firestorms into your world, leaving you helpless.

Every writer I’ve met knows this feeling, as do I — in fact, I lived it everytime a new story came around.

That was, until I came in contact with the principle of antagonism.

I’ll explain what it means, why it’s one of the most important concepts in Storycraft, and how to utilize it and make your story the best version of itself.

But first, a…

Conquer bad dialogue with these tips from a master

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I used to think that writing good dialogue was a gift I possessed until one short script kicked me in the teeth. I felt like a fraud for the first time. The character wasn’t sounding right, and without that, it felt flatter than plywood. What did I not try? I changed her speech pattern, going from regular English to Nigerian Pidgin. I lengthened her lines with more poetic phrases. Still no pulse. It was long and tedious. I pulled my hair out in search of answers. What I did not know then is what I will tell you now.

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And how to avoid them

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Although nature thrives on mistakes, your stories could die if you make some of the mistakes outlined below. Some of these I learned the hard way, and others I gleaned from my observation of and interaction with many writers over the years.

I have structured each mistake thus;

  • The mistake
  • Why it is a mistake
  • The solution

My reason for laying it out in this manner is to convince you of each point based solely on the merit of my argument. This helps me achieve two key things:

  1. It helps me keep this article from being a listicle that just…

6 criticisms and their rebuttals

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I came across a few tweets that criticized Polkadot’s on-chain governance mechanism. Normally, I would have scrolled past it, but these caught my attention because I’m a fan of Polkadot’s ecosystem design, and in particular, it’s blend of on-chain governance and forkless upgrades. I believe this combination is a huge leap forward for decentralization because of the speed it adds to the evolution of the network.

In Polkadot’s relatively short existence, on-chain governance and forkless upgrades have achieved the following:

  • Redenominated the DOT via referenda
  • Upgraded the runtime on x occasions without any forks
  • Reduced the amount of DOTs a…

Decentralized stablecoin, cross-chain transfers, hybrid finance, and more

Decentralized finance has grown by over 88% in one year, increasing the TVL (total value locked) into platforms such as Maker, Compound, Uniswap, and Aave from under $1 billion to $88 billion at its peak. Given this level of growth, to say that it’s a new paradigm is to say that water is wet.

This growth has been very welcomed because it means that financial services that couldn’t reach over a large portion of the world’s population (estimated at 1.7 billion in 2017) are now within their reach. Anyone anywhere in the world can apply for a loan or provide…

Learn about one of crypto’s most anticipated events of 2021

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Imagine a future where there are over a thousand blockchains, each dedicated to a specific use case. For example, a blockchain optimized for decentralized finance, another for decentralized identity issuance and verification, another for decentralized data storage, another for decentralized cloud computing, and yet another for decentralized privacy-enablement.

Now imagine that all these blockchains are interoperable, meaning that they can talk to each other — send tokens, call functions, initiate smart contracts, etc. Such a setup would obliterate the need for powerful, centralized middlemen across various industries.

For blockchain technology to revolutionize the world in the same way Bitcoin and…

Learn the rationale behind crowdloans and parachain auctions

Imagine you could invest in the next 1000x-potential decentralized project without spending a dime. Wouldn’t that be grand? In the traditional crypto world, this is impossible. To invest in a project you have to give them your hard-earned tokens (or money) in exchange for their tokens. The real problem with this isn’t about money changing hands, but rather, the lack of security for you the investor.

Most times, projects are funded via an initial coin offering. In real-world investing, most times a prototype is offered, a real product, or even a balance sheet of at least a few months. …

Learn how to tell great stories with Theme

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It is no secret that stories are powerful. Their power is considered ultimate because stories can change a person’s mind, and if you can change a person’s mind, then you can change the world. The question is ‘which kind of story has the power to change a mind and thus change the world?’ To answer this question we must first answer the question: why do we tell stories?

You may be tempted to say “to entertain” and you won’t be wrong. But you won’t be 100% right either. We tell stories to entertain and deliver insight into the human condition…

Turn your story into a memorable experience

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A well-executed plot twist has the power to turn even the weakest of stories into a memorable experience.

Recall how you felt when you learned that, contrary to what JK Rowling had you believe in the first 5 parts of the Harry Potter series, Snape had been protecting Harry Potter all along.

Or how you felt when Darth Vader informed Luke Skywalker in the third act of Empire Strikes Back that “I am your father.”

The impact of those twists was breathtaking — at least in the case of Harry Potter and Snape, my breath was taken away…for like 3…

Gilbert Bassey

I’m a storyteller who loves to teach other people how to tell stories. I also care about decentralization.

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