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The trickiest part about conveying confusion is to convey it clearly, without confusing the reader.  Ann Hood in Creating Character Emotions From …

October 20, 2017

Do you always tell the truth? Do you use the same tone and vocabulary when speaking to your friends and your boss’s …

September 20, 2017

Dig deep and you’ll find attitude, and when you find attitude, you find voice. ~ James Scott Bell in Voice: The Secret …

August 20, 2017

I was once in a bus full of high school students when I heard a boy behind me read a single sentence. …

July 19, 2017

A writer must find the perfect balance when describing characters, especially when introducing them to a reader for the first time. The …

June 19, 2017

Can you describe you characters with only two words? I ran across this simple question in James Scott Bell’s excellent book Voice: …

May 19, 2017

In any good story, the protagonist can only achieve her external story goal by first overcoming a deep inner issue. (Her character …

April 19, 2017

A protagonist without a clear goal has nothing to figure out and nowhere to go. Lisa Cron in Wired for Story All …

March 19, 2017

What is your main character’s goal? The thing that drives her through the story, no matter how many obstacles you throw at …

February 19, 2017

Go shopping This non-writing exercise can help you connect with your character in a tangible way, by interacting with real objects: What …

January 19, 2017

We writers love our protagonists. We give them a few flaws and quirks, but we know that underneath their mistakes and faulty …

December 19, 2016

The heroine of the mystery novel I am working on needs certain qualities to be a good sleuth. Things like nosiness, an …

November 19, 2016

I struggle when it comes to writing descriptions of character emotions. I know better than to simply tell the reader my character …

October 19, 2016

If actions speak louder than words then a character’s body language is an important part of dialogue. And yet writers often waste …

September 19, 2016

How we introduce our characters should be designed to create the reaction we want in our readers. Is the reader supposed to like …

August 13, 2016

Scientific studies confirm that we humans make a host of judgments about a person based on the first few moments of interaction. …

July 7, 2016

In order to really show his stuff, a protagonist needs challenges to overcome. The tougher the opposition, the more our heroes can …

June 20, 2016

I hate making phone calls. When it comes to picking up the phone, I always procrastinate as long as possible. It might …

May 15, 2016

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. Perhaps so, but if …

April 13, 2016

Characters who violate a stereotype are interesting; by surprising us they pique our interest, make us want to explore. ~ Orson Scott …

March 17, 2016

In her book The Resolution for Women, Priscilla Shirer tells a story about a tassel. She was in the process of remodeling …

February 21, 2016

I am not a horse person. I freely admit almost complete ignorance in regard to horses and horse-related things. So, when my …

January 17, 2016

Not everyone can be the hero or the villain. A story needs a cast of supporting characters too. Here are ten tips …

December 20, 2015

Habits and mannerisms must originate somewhere, for some reason. In a novel, where aspect of a character should be intentional, a character’s mannerisms should do …

November 19, 2015

Fictional characters are like onions; they are made of many layers.  A writer must peel back the layers to reveal the core of …

October 16, 2015
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