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What I Confirmed About Character Enduring “The Rock”

What I Confirmed About Character Enduring “The Rock”

You hear all the time that character is everything. Characters carry your story. People fall for characters, read for characters, and buy for characters. Story is nothing without the people that bring it to life. I know this, I believe […]

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Character (re)Discovery

My characters make me happy. I find character creation both a bane and a blessing. A bane because my own vanity comes out in full force; at least initially, my main characters are almost always too perfect. If I try […]

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Immortal Characters: Yes Or No?

A panel description at World Fantasy raised the question of how we write immortal characters. So many end up acting like modern twenty- or thirtysomethings. Should we even bother to attempt these centuries-old characters? Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Hell, […]

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Obsession; or, Feeding the Writer Brain

Obsession; or, Feeding the Writer Brain

The week since my last post here has been . . . eventful. Starting with a phone call Monday night. Remember how I said I’m in a production of Dracula? Well, I’m no longer in the ensemble. One of the […]

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A Little On Dialogue

A Little On Dialogue

I love dialogue. Maybe a little too much, at times. Where that fine line exists between dialogue that illuminates the plot and characters the way it should and dialogue-as-exposition, I’m not good at finding. In the first couple drafts, anyway. […]

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Dramatic Affects

Dramatic Affects

Something Kate said last week struck a spark, about assuming your character’s identity in order to write her truthfully. There are obstacles to finding that truth and executing it on the page (two very different tasks), but this post is […]

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