Tag Archives: characterization

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

Questions 293: Mental Health in Fiction

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

The Life of David Gale
House, MD

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?”

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.

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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
Schindler’s List