Tag Archives: characterization

Deep Characterization 2: The Social Drives

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In the second episode in our miniseries about how to think about character and characterization, we discuss the four basic social drives that are common to all humans, their roots, and how they can affect the flavor and makeup of a character.

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Questions 233: Unreliable Narrators

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Vega asks:
“What kinds of unreliable narrators are there?”

Resources mentioned:
The Usual Suspects

How to Cheat at Everything by Simon Lovell

Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking by Christopher Hadnagy and Paul Wilson

Psychological Subtleties, vol 1 by Banachek

Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov

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 in our walk-through of Hadrian’s Flight, Hadrian’s confession leads to a cunning plan, while the writer begins gathering the plot threads together.