221. About Writ—I Mean, Storytelling

There was a time when this blog featured About Writing posts, which consisted of my rambling advice on how to write fiction. I wrote about stuff like characterization, style, setting and attitude.

After giving it some thought, I’ve decided to discontinue About Writing posts. I’ve covered pretty much every topic I wanted to discuss. Besides, I’m no longer sure I’m really qualified to give advice about writing fiction.

All the same, fiction fascinates me. I’m intrigued by storytelling. I can’t help it. That said, I want to continue discussing (read: rambling about) fiction on this blog. I won’t blather any more in About Writing posts on how to write stories, but I’d like to discuss narrative tricks and techniques in a new feature: About Storytelling posts.

What is Chekhov’s gun? Is objectionable content ever acceptable in fiction? What is retconning? (It sounds highly illegal, whatever it is.) Who cares about symbolism? What about character quirks? And why is Batman clearly the best superhero when he has no superpowers?

These are Burning Questions. We here at TMTF consider it our duty to answer them.

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