Tag Archives: characterization

Questions 758 – Holiday Cannibalism and Roman’a’Clef

Lisa asks: How does one base characters on real-life people without pissing them off?

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NanoGang Day 16: Characters Can Be Too Smart

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DD and Kitty and Dan discuss the problem of too-smart characters, and Dan finally busts his slump.

Word Count:
Dan: 552
Kitty: 0
Dede: 0
Tori: 0
Ben: 0

Cumulative Word Count:
Dan: 21128
Dede: 6432
Tori: 4048
Kitty: 4035
Ben: 1148

Nanogang series–Day 12/Feedback: Writing Fail and Evil Protagonists

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Travel days do terrible things to word counts–AND we have feedback from Melisa about evil protagonists and who she thinks writes them best.

Word counts:
Dan 1681
Dede: 710
Kitty: 0
Ben:  0
Tori: 0

Dan: 17697
Dede: 5432
Tori: 3798
Kitty: 3679
Ben: 1105

Resources Mentioned:
Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by Christine Goldin

Questions 722: Resources for Writing Genius

Katarina asks: Can you recommend any further reading on the advantages and disadvantages of having a high IQ?

Resources Mentioned:

The Curse of the High IQ, by Aaron Cleary
When Can Having a High IQ be a Problem? – article in Psychology Today
The Inappropriately Excluded – article in The Polymathic Institute supporting the 30-pt Communication Gap
Myth of the 30 point Communication Gap – article in Discover Magazine debunking the idea
Quora question: Is Having a High IQ a Curse?
Quora question: Are people with high IQs generally happy?

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Questions 691: Characterizing Radically Different People

Rachel asks: “Do you have any tips on writing a point of view you haven’t experienced?”

Resources Mentioned
Ken Wilber
Integral Theory
Mein Kampf
The Screwtape Letters
Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain

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Questions 685: Choosing Character Names

Charla asks: Do you have any tips for finding the *right* character names.

Resources Mentioned:
Titan AE
Antithesis podcast
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


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Questions 658: Likable vs. Sympathetic Characters

Vega: What did you mean by a “sympathetic” versus “likeable” character?

Resources Mentioned
Pulp Fiction
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Questions 639: Everyone Loves My Bad Guys

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