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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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(My) Tropes To Avoid

One panel at World Fantasy was on tropes that must die. Situations and settings and characters and plot devices that are so overused that they need to be retired. Permanently. The anti-climax: I didn’t attend this panel. However, I have […]

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Annihilating the Everywoman

Annihilating the Everywoman

If you caught my post about my When Words Collide attendance this year, you’ll have seen that one of my favourite panels was Strong Female Characters. Since I’ve been attending the conference, there have always been panels devoted to female […]

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Character Type: Tricksters

A couple weeks ago, Elisa asked about characters: what about them attracts us, and why? And what might that say about us? Both as a writer and reader, I love sneaky characters. Tricksters. I love thieves and spies and assassins. […]

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Committing to Writing

Committing to Writing

I’m in an odd position. I’m between projects. I’ve deliberately put one aside, am in the planning stages of three more, and getting accosted by random ideas in the night. Spiralling plots and character arcs are keeping me from falling […]

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Cathartic Characters

Cathartic Characters

I think all writers have a guilty pleasure. You’ve seen quotes like this one, right? “Be careful what you say to a writer. You might end up killed in their book.” Why, yes, I will eviscerate you in fiction. If […]

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