Tag Archives: craft

Questions 258: Editing

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Robert asks: How do I edit my own work without making it sound generic?

Resources Mentioned:

Editing Your Own Work – Online Workshop
The Devil’s Guide to Hollywood – Joe Esterhauz
Writing to Sell – Scott Meredith

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Deep Characterization 3: Relational Style

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In the third episode in our miniseries about how to think about character and characterization, we discuss the ways that a character’s relational style impacts the structure of their lives and is shown in how they respond to the world around them.

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Questions 254: How much dialogue is too much dialogue?

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Cheyenne asks: How do I know if I have too much dialog in my fiction, and how do I fix it?

Resources mentioned:

They’re Made Out of Meat (in the anthology “Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories”)

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Deep Characterization 1: The Basic Drives

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In our first episode in our miniseries about how to think about character and characterization, we discuss the drives that every person and animal has in common, why they exist, and how they affect characterization and personality.

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Questions 238: Transparent Worldbuilding

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Vega asks:
“What is transparent worldbuilding, and how does it work?”

Resources mentioned:
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Menace From Earth by Robert A. Heinlein
Stories From The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez