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Questions 326 Describing Character

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Roland asks: How do I describe characters of different ethnicities so it’s clear to the reader, but not jarring?

Resources Mentioned

Robert J. Sawyer blog post “Is it racist to mention skin color?”

Questions 325: Writing Humor

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Today J.R. asks: “How can a dramatic writer learn humor?”

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Resources mentioned:
Oscar Wilde
PG Wodehouse
Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate
Crimes & Misdemeanors
Dogma
Dr. Strangelove
ZooTV
Brave New World
Road to Gandolfo
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
DiscWorld
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Questions 324: Learning Your Voice

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Zoe  asks: “How can I learn to hear my own voice, and beef up my plot structure and character skills too?”

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Resources Mentioned:

Just Write You Tube Channel
David Farland’s Kick in the Pants (newsletter)
Jordan Peterson’s Maps of Meaning
Joseph Campbell: Hero With A Thousand Faces
Lester Dent’s Master Pulp Formula
J.R.R. Tolkien’s On Fairy Stories
The Empathy Machine
Criminal Minds
John Douglas, Mind Hunter and Anatomy of Motive
Thomas Harris, Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon
Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Correction:
In this episode, I described Terry Gilliam’s accent as being from Marin. That is incorrect – he is from Minnesota and Los Angeles. Additionally, John Cleese has returned to the UK. America’s loss!

 

Questions 309: Repetition, Rhetoric, and Information Flow

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Robert asks:
“How much repetition should we use to make sure the story is clear? Is it different for different for YA and adult fiction versus children’s fiction?”

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Resources Mentioned:

The Thousand Headed Man