Tag: characterization


Articles / On Writing

Do you have a gifted character that knows what everyone around her thinks or feels? Is she making the other characters in your book uncomfortable with her uncanny insights? If so, you just might have a mind reader on your hands, and I’m not talking about the sparkly vampire variety, either. I mean, think about it… How creepy would it be to be around a...

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Divas Recommend: 9 Fundamental Fears That Motivate Your Characters by David Wisehart   When I found “9 Fundamental Fears that Motivate Your Characters” by David Wishart, I knew I wanted to use it for my Divas Recommend. I’ve keep the site open on my iPad for weeks patiently waiting for my turn. Ha-ha! Wishart’s article discusses the nine fundamental fears we humans develop in our early...

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Articles / On Writing

Point of View: Keeping Your Voices Distinct Most of the authors I know are women, and one of the biggest struggles I see with women authors is writing a realistic male character—or at least making the male protagonist’s voice distinctly different from that of his female counterpart. Too often there is little variation in voice or tone when the point of view changes from female lead...

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Divas Recommend: The Eight Character Archetypes of the Hero’s Journey by Chris Winkle I ran across Chris Winkle’s article “The Eight Character Archetypes of the Hero’s Journey” on the Mythcreants website a month or so ago and wanted to share it with our readers. Winkle covers the different roles characters take on in the myth structure or the hero’s journey. Complete with pictures and examples...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Keep it Consistent – Characters   This week, I’m continuing my series on keeping things consistent during the editing process. As I stated earlier, it’s easy for things to get way out of order after a big edit. If you are following up a major edit with nothing more than a proofread, it is imperative that you know how to keep things...

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Articles / Commonly Confused

Quick Tips: That’s All Well and Good   Well and good are two words that seem to be used interchangeably with increasing frequency as of late. Either that, or I’m starting to succumb to the elementary school English spoken on the playground when I substitute at recess. So what better way to combat this than with an article to clearly define their proper use. 🙂 There...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas on Writing: Issues with the First Person Perspective   I have to admit that I’m a fan of the first person narrative perspective, but it has its problems. So if you are planning to pen your upcoming masterpiece in the first person perspective, there are several things that you’ll need to look out for. Mind reading The first and biggest issue I see as...

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Articles / On Writing

Featured Article: The Power of Kindness   Recently I had the privilege of reading Justine Musk’s article on niceness versus kindness. This was a subject that was close to my heart without me realizing that it was. See, about five years ago I went through a metamorphosis that left the former me in a shallow grave out in the woods somewhere. What happened, you ask....

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Articles / On Editing

Manuscript Assessment A manuscript assessment has several names: assessment, critique, analysis, evaluation, etc. But what does it do? It is an editor’s evaluation of a story as a whole. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript to help the author find problem areas at an early stage in the writing and polishing process. The assessment looks at several areas that contribute to...

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