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Questions 250: Solidarity as a Biological Drive

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Ed:
“How do you justify classifying ‘solidarity’ as a biological drive in your Deep Character series?”

Resources mentioned:
Cast Away

Questions 249: Contracts, Republishing, and Expanding

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Cain asks:
“What are the general dos and don’ts of republishing work that’s already appeared in anthologies?”

Resources mentioned:
The Copyright Handbook by Stephen Fishman
Some Might Call It Infringement
Chicken Noodle Gravity by J. Daniel Sawyer
Cold Duty by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Man In The Rain by J. Daniel Sawyer
The History of Middle Earth by JRR Tolkien

Questions 248: Writing Chaotic Scenes

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JR asks:
“How do you write a chaotic scene without making it chaotic for the reader?”

Resources mentioned:
Arthur by Stephen R. Lawhead
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer
Silent Victor by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Hartman Gambit by J. Daniel Sawyer (forthcoming)

Questions 247: Writing Nonfiction Books

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Josh asks:
“What advice would you give for writing nonfiction how-to guides?”

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Resources mentioned:
Making Tracks by J. Daniel Sawyer
Throwing Lead by J. Daniel Sawyer and Mary Mason

Deep Characterization 2: The Social Drives

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In the second episode in our miniseries about how to think about character and characterization, we discuss the four basic social drives that are common to all humans, their roots, and how they can affect the flavor and makeup of a character.

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Deep Characterization 1: The Basic Drives

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In our first episode in our miniseries about how to think about character and characterization, we discuss the drives that every person and animal has in common, why they exist, and how they affect characterization and personality.

This episode sponsored by BundleRabbit