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 characters aspects that you can mine for tags and 5 ways to put those tags to work. Continue reading
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
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
We’re looking at the Inner Journey this week. Here’s the inner journey (to my eyes and ears anyway) of the main character, Ian Paine, in Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You (336 pages).
Spoiler Alert. And Long Post Alert. Continue reading
So this week we’re looking at how to make our antagonists as awesome and effective as they can be. Let’s see what we can do with the antagonists we’ve got in the one-liners we’re developing. Continue reading
Here are my takes on the antagonist breakdowns of the stories we looked at last week (for main character want, need, flaw, symptoms). Continue reading
The masters use many names for antagonists, including nemesis, opponent and villain. Here’s what they have to say… Continue reading
We’re looking at the wants, needs, flaws, and symptoms of main characters this week. Let’s get to our own: Continue reading