Tag Archives: characterization

Special Episode: Street Urchins and Other Archetypes, with Gail Carriger

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Today we have a special guest, Gail Carriger, to discuss the street urchin archetype and archetypes through history.

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Resources Mentioned

Crudrat
Oliver Twist
Hadrian’s Flight

Questions 377: Character Description and Artistic Integrity

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Zoe asks: “What factors should I keep in mind when describing characters – especially fantasy or sci-fi characters – by their race or species?”

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Questions 337: Where Did I Put My Antagonist?

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Robert asks: “What are good ways to introduce the antagonist when restricted to the protagonist’s POV??”

The Maltese Falcon
The Big Sleep
Lord of the Rings
He Ain’t Heavy
Blood And Weeds

Questions 330: Writing Depressed Characters

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Scott asks: How do you write characters who *really* don’t want to leave the house?

Resources Mentioned:
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever
The Hobbit
Captain’s Holiday

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 310: The Viability of Erotica

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Herb asks:
“Can writing erotica be a viable career path?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Selena Kitt
Fifty Shades of Grey

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