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Questions 510: Character Voice and Grammar

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Vega says: I’m enjoying the Deep Characterization series and am interested in how characterization might influence or be shown in grammar, word choice, and sentence structure.  Is this what you mean by “character voice?”

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Resources Mentioned
Down From Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
Misery by Stephen King

Deep Character #8: Locus of Control

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Today, I continue our series on deep characterization, discussing internal & external Locus of Control.

Resources Mentioned
Shakespeare, The Works of
Babylon 5
The Gulag Archipeligo by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn

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Deep Characterization #6: Age (pt 2)

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Today, I continue our series on deep characterization with the second half of the exploration of how a character’s age and biological development effects the way that character interacts with their society and the world.

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Deep Characterization #6: Age (pt 1)

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Today, I continue our series on deep characterization by exploring how a character’s age and biological development effects the way that character interacts with their society and the world.

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Deep Character #5: Biological Sex

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Today, I continue our series on deep characterization by exploring the ways in which a character’s biological sex inflects that character’s other traits and characteristics.

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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 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?”

Resources:
The Life of David Gale
House, MD
Sherlock 

Stephen King’s Misery (the film)
Misery by Stephen King