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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.

The 6 Tips


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…

#1 seamless migration #2 wider reach

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Long gone are the days when we thought there would be one blockchain to rule them all. Now, the future is overwhelmingly multi-chain. I mean, with Ethereum on the verge of connecting to layer 2s to help with its scalability issues, you know that the future is already here.

As a DApp developer, if you do not adapt to this new reality, other developers will eat your lunch. How? With new blockchains comes a lot more users. If you doubt me, take a look at the recent success of the Binance Smart Chain.

If your DApp can exist on multiple…

Why Polkadot is worthy of attention

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When I first stumbled on Polkadot, I didn’t think it was worth paying attention to. But then one day, bored with nothing to do, I took a deep dive into understanding the project. I read the whitepaper, watched youtube videos, and read the wiki. I was impressed by the technology and the vision behind it. But what astonished me was the level of attention given to building an economic system (game theory) that maximized the security of the network in more ways than one.

To understand how, we will explore three instances of impressive game theory in the Polkadot ecosystem…

Boost your dialogue with these key principles

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One line of dialogue that rings true reveals character in a way that pages of description can’t — Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Doesn’t it make you want to pull your hair out?

You’ve tried so many iterations of the same scene but the characters sound half-way between robots and idiots, speaking in a way that doesn’t sound humanlike, which is your main goal.

You’ve tried fancy words but they just make the robotic idiot sound like an intellectual robotic idiot. You’ve added a ton of emotions and still, the dialogue remains flat. …

Boost the emotional power of your stories

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Get a free copy of the happy-sad ending builder to help you create story endings that are both happy and sad.

I fucking love it when a story starts with two separate timelines that eventually come together in the end. When done right, this heightens the emotional impact of the story experience beyond what a single-timeline story can do.

For this reason, figuring out how to write a multiple-timeline story was a big deal to me. I learned while using the trick in three different stories. …

#6 Forkless upgrades

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What is Polkadot and why should I care?

That was me two months ago.

When I first stumbled on Polkadot, I thought I understood it. Like many, I thought it was just another attempt to create a more scalable blockchain and get as many users as possible. But then I took some time to read the whitepaper, watch videos of Gavin Wood explain, read the wiki, and play around with the ecosystem. It dawned on me with each new discovery that Polkadot was more than just another blockchain.

Many things make Polkadot special but they are impossible to see from…

Boost the quality of your stories with plotting

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FYI, boost your first-draft writing game with this free copy of How To Write A Killer First Draft in 6 Steps

How often do you feel like you have a great story but when you are done writing it, the feedback isn’t as positive as you expected? It sucks so bad, and I would know.

When I first started telling stories, I wanted so badly to kill this sucky feeling. I wanted to create the kind of stories I loved, those plotted with such expert precision that they held your attention from the first scene to the last and delivered…

Q1 is ‘what is your goal?’

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The dreaded ocean of confusion spreads out before me. Do I write this or that? On and on I vacillate, taking each idea for a spin to decide which is right.

I’m terrified of choosing something that will bore me into abandoning it along the way. I want a decision that feels right. One that I know within my soul is the right decision to make. One that will keep me excited until and long after I am done with it.

Regardless of what you write — novels, screenplays, nonfiction books, articles, etcetera — there comes a time when you…

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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