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Questions 510: Character Voice and Grammar

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Vega says: I’m enjoying the Deep Characterization series and am interested in how characterization might influence or be shown in grammar, word choice, and sentence structure.  Is this what you mean by “character voice?”

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Resources Mentioned
Down From Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
Misery by Stephen King

Questions 394: To Swear or Not to Swear

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JR asks:  “How do I convey that characters are swearing, if the publisher won’t allow swear words?”


Suave Rob’s Rough-n-Ready Rugrat Rapture
The Door into Summer
The Naked and The Dead
The Stuff of Thought

Questions 209: Effective Vocabulary Building (Writing Instruction Series 3)

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In this third installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can I respect subculture grammar while teaching best practices in word choice and writing?”