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  1. Oh this makes me anxious XD no matter what you say about your theater background you're doing an amazing job with this story nd I can only hope that with practice I can write my own just as well as you. By the way Mayor McDonough's first name being Guy is now cannon for me cause I see what you did there "Guy's my brother."

    If you have or ever get the confidence I'd hope that you'd share more about your writing process here maybe even write a tutorial. I know it's not easy as I'm making it sound but you really are good at this.

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    1. Oh, jeez. I teach playwriting as one of my classes, so what I'm putting to work here is a 20 year background in creating stories. Before I even started writing chapters for this series, I spent a few months setting up the story arc and individual character's backgrounds. I rely heavily on the narrative patterns of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey diagrams; when I say that I am writing an epic I mean it, this is how I've designed it. For speech patterns and dialogue styles, I refer to the unique ways that people like Joss Whedon, Tony Kushner, David Mamet and Lin-Manuel Miranda write. I love stories like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter where every action has an unforeseen result much later on and that all events are linked together through random happenstance. I throw in some Shakespearean and Greek elements, but they are pretty well hidden. I'd say keep reading, read everything you can and vary the styles. Look for inspirations everywhere and always keep a notepad on you.

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      1. Thanks I'll take your advice to heart and start analyzing what I read instead of just enjoying the story and moving on. It really does pay off when you can actually put into words what you like about a certain story or author and exactly why you like it. That 20 year background really shows here. I've never been as engrossed in a fanfiction as I am in this one and I've read more than I can count :)

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