Sometimes students are assigned a writing project that seems as plain and dull as a potato. Just like those TV chefs, their challenge is to turn that potato into an imaginative and delectable work of art.
Next to the Hero, the most important character in the heroic journey, the foundational form of all storytelling, is the evil one. The Nemesis. The bad guy. The villain. The character who keeps the Hero from getting what the Hero needs.
It’s one of the strongest rules of writing: Your story is only as good as your Nemesis is bad.
In our previous two discussions of redundancy, we covered tautology, which is using different words to say the same …
Do you know the definition of “formula writing?” No? Neither did I. I’d heard of the term and held a vaguely uneasy prejudice against it. Still, it surprised me when an Essay I student’s mother accused me of teaching it.