Characterization: What is it?

We’ve been looking at character: introducing the character, forging the reader-character bond, creating contradictions . . .  All good stuff. But let’s back up a bit.  There’s a word that gets thrown around a lot about character, and, I’ll admit, sometimes I feel like maybe I don’t actually know what it means. Continue reading

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Character Introductions: How the Masters Do It

In the last post, we listed seven techniques to use when introducing characters.  Most of the masters use a combination of techniques. Here’s how. Continue reading

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Neigh is for Horses, Not Writers

I read a lot of craft books for this site.  Quite often, within the first few pages, the writing guru lays out for me and all other aspiring authors Continue reading

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Character Introductions: Characterizing from the get-go

A character’s first appearance in a story is a big opportunity to characterize.  Here are several ways to fulfill its potential. Continue reading

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Character Tags: In our own work

If you’ve got lots of characters in your story or just have characters who leave the page for a while–or, you know, just have characters–it’s nice to remind readers who these people are.  Enter character tags.  Continue reading

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Introducing the WritesWithTools.com Newsletter and a FREE, 19-page Character Development Workbook

Hello, People!

We started a newsletter. It’s a monthly-to-quarterly-ish newsletter, a way to check in with you, give you updates, and send you free worksheets and whatnot. Continue reading

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Character Tags: How the Masters Use Them

We’re looking at character tags.  Here’s how some of the master story tellers help us remember who their characters are. Continue reading

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Character Tags: What are they?

Tags, markers, labels, traits. The craft masters have a lot of words for the details that help readers identify and distinguish the characters in a story.

Here are 6 character aspects that you can mine for tags and 5 ways to put those tags to work. Continue reading

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Forging the Reader-Character Bond: In our own work

Forging the Reader-Character Bond.  It’s easier than you might think, and the results are well worth the effort.  Especially if you can dig deep and come up with ways to demonstrate sympathy, jeopardy, etc. that are tailor-made for your specific character, in his specific story world. Continue reading

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The Reader-Character Bond: How the masters do it

This week, we’re learning how to forge the reader-character bond.  Here’s how the masters do it: Continue reading

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