Tag Archives: characterization

Questions 298: Emotions in Fiction

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Nicole asks:
“How do you write emotions  in your fiction that are different from what you experience?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Article: “Empathy Depends on a Cool Head As Much As A Warm Heart”
Dick Tracy, the 1990 film
I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold J. Kreisman

Questions 293: Mental Health in Fiction

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Nicole asks:
“Does accurate portrayal of mental illness makes an interesting story?”

Resources:
The Life of David Gale
House, MD
Sherlock 

Stephen King’s Misery (the film)
Misery by Stephen King

Questions 286: Passive Protagonists and Coming of Age

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DC asks:
“How can one write an effective and engaging passive protagonist?”

Resources:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Deep Characterization 4: Authority Styles

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Today, I continue our series on deep characterization by exploring how a character’s relationship to hierarchy effects the way that character expresses, develops, and interacts with characters with other orientations.

Questions 282: Balancing Worldbuilding, Plot, and Characterization

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JR asks:
“What advice do you have for balancing worldbuilding, plot, and characterization?”

Resources mentioned:
The Complete Shakespeare
Yentl
Schindler’s List

Questions 281: Character Heavy, Plot Heavy, Character-driven, Plot-driven

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Michael asks:
“What’s the difference between a story that’s plot-heavy, plot-driven, character-heavy, and character-driven?”

Resources mentioned:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Romancing the Stone
Die Hard

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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