Category Archives: Own Work Friday

Character Introductions: In our own work

Almost done with Character!  We’ve been looking at how to select details to best convey characterization.  Last week we came up with some details for Amos Anderson, the main character of one of the stories we’ve been developing.  Now let’s use those details as fodder for his introduction using the seven methods of character introduction that we outlined a few weeks ago. Continue reading

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Character Names, Details, and Introductions: In our own work

We’ve been looking at how to select character details and introduce characters.  Today, we’re going to select some concrete details for the main character of one of the stories we’ve been working on 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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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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Creating Three-Dimensional Characters: In Our Own Work

It’s Three-Dimensional Characters week.  Let’s see if we can flesh out our characters with backstory and description, internal depth, defining choices and actions, and a future to anticipate or dread. Continue reading

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Structure of Plot: In our own stories

It’s Outer Journey week.  Today we’re going to see if we can flesh out the major plot points in the one-liner‘s we’re working on.

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Character Change: In our own work

So, we’re looking at the inner journey this week.  Let’s see what kind of an inner journey we can create for the one-liners we’re working on.  Here we go… Continue reading

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Setups and Payoffs: In our own work

We’re looking at Setups and Payoffs this week, and today we’re going to see if we can come up with some Setups and Payoffs for the one-liners we’ve been working on.  Here we go. Continue reading

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Tension, Conflict, Suspense: In our own stories

It’s Tension, Conflict, Suspense week.  Let’s see what kind of macrotension questions and conflicts we can come up with for the one-liners we’ve got going. Continue reading

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Setting: In our own stories

We’re looking at Setting this week.  When selecting settings, we’re looking for places (i) that affect the character, (ii) that affect the plot, (iii) that we haven’t experienced before, (iv) that we want to experience, (v) that are believable, and (vi) that are optimally placed in time.

So, let’s see what kind of settings we can come up with for the one-liners we’ve been working on. Continue reading

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