Practical URL Encoding

August 4, 2015

A quick and dirty rundown of URL Encoding.

United States Federal Budget

July 5, 2015

The United State federal budget is a complicated entity.

By many measures this public institution is the largest and most important in the world, but analyzing exactly how the money is dispersed can be difficult.

Name Analysis

May 24, 2015

Names define characters. Personal experience, phrasing, culture, and history all influence how the audience will perceive a name. Choosing the proper name to fit a character and their story is more important than a simple identifier.

Feel free to jump ahead to the data if all of this is old hat to you.

Reading Level

May 3, 2015

Reading Level is a powerful and oft-misunderstood tool for writers. Since the upcoming (and exciting!) Draft Map relies on this technique, I thought I'd explain usage here. I'll be using the venerable, old-standby Flesch–Kincaid as the default test in this post, but alternatives exist.

Pixar Writing Truths

March 30, 2015

Truths for writing narratives from Pixar.

  • Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating. [ref][18]
  • You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. [ref][1]
  • Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You'll feel like you're losing valuable stuff but it sets you free. [ref][4]
  • Keep in mind what's interesting as an audience, not what's fun to write. [ref][2]