Tag Archives: characterization

Questions 178: Multiculturalism and Stereotyping

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Robert asks:
“How can authors create a multicultural setting or cast of characters without stereotyping?”]

Books discussed:
American Nations by Colin Woodard

YA Adventure Special 12: The Action Climax

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Today I discuss the experience of writing the action climax to the book, and how I was able to solve some big problems by finding the answers within the book-to-date, including some unexpected twists. I also talk about how the Heinlein Juveniles have a bifurcated story structure in the final third of the book, why that happens, and how I accidentally emulated this feature with Hadrian’s Flight.

YA Adventure Special 11: Hadrian’s Flight, Moments of Truth

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Today’s episode sponsored by Bundle Rabbit.
Hadrian’s confession leads to a cunning plan, while the writer begins gathering the plot threads together.

Questions 147: Meyers-Briggs and Characterization

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JR asks:
“Are the Meyers-Briggs personality types useful for characterization? What do you use for creating your characters?”

Authors referenced:
Stephen King

Books referenced:
Misery by Stephen King

Questions 80: Writing Villain-Free Novels

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Krysteen asks:
“I don’t have a villain in my story–is this okay? How does a person do this?”

Books discussed and recommended:
Earth Abides by George Stewart
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Caroll
Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl