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Deep Characterization 3: Relational Style

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In the third episode in our miniseries about how to think about character and characterization, we discuss the ways that a character’s relational style impacts the structure of their lives and is shown in how they respond to the world around them.

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Questions 254: How much dialogue is too much dialogue?

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Cheyenne asks: How do I know if I have too much dialog in my fiction, and how do I fix it?

Resources mentioned:

They’re Made Out of Meat (in the anthology “Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories”)

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Questions 252: Where Credit is Due – Nonfiction

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Cheyenne asks: “When and how do I credit contributors in nonfiction?”

Resources mentioned:
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Questions 221: Setting Long Term Goals

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Ben asks:
“How do I change my focus from short-term goals to long-term goals?”

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

Special Edisode: Feedback!

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Today, Ed comments on the recent series on teaching writing as well as previous question episodes, while Doc chimes in about some tricks I omitted when talking about research notes and brackets.

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