Story Design: Telling Taboo Stories

How can you add more intrigue and danger to your forbidden love story? Story Design Volume 15 –  In a taboo plot, the protagonist becomes involved in a forbidden romance. From the start everyone knows that the affair will fail because social forces don’t approve of the pairing; what makes the relationship unacceptable will vary with…

Story Design: Telling Romance Stories

How can you add more conflict and characterization to your love story? Story Design Volume 14 – A romance plot features the protagonist falling in love with a supporting character or even a co-protagonist. The antagonist doesn’t want this to happen, and conspires to keep the lover apart. There is often some misunderstanding or miscommunication…

Story Design: Telling Curse Stories

How can you add more character-driven action and a sense of alienation to your metamorphosis adventures? Story Design Volume 11 – In a curse story the antagonist feels that the protagonist has done something wrong. Maybe they have, and the antagonist’s actions are justified; maybe they haven’t, and the antagonist’s wrath is misplaced or unfair.…