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Showing posts 11 to 16 labeled Characterization (16 total)

Writing a Watson (May 1, 2015)

If a main character is not directly responsible for most of the significant events in a story, you don't have a protagonist. You have a Watson. More »

"Realistic" Characters: Individuals or Stereotypes? (June 23, 2014)

As novelists, we see our characters as individuals. We spend years (or at least months) with them, developing their histories and personalities. We give them unique worldviews, unique tastes and hobbies, unique voices. We treat them like real people with real minds. More »

Sex Isn't a Story, Intelligence Isn't Cute, and Culture Isn't Character (May 19, 2014)

On Friday I borrowed a certain library book. By Saturday night I was bitterly disappointed in the author, the publisher, and humanity as a whole. More »

The Versatile Antihero (September 2, 2012)

This morning I read a blog post on antiheroes. I was excited to read about the topic, but disappointed in the execution. The author gave a very narrow definition of antiheroes, and he seemed to imply that there's only one "proper" kind: the kind that's in a tough situation with no clear "right answer," who believes he's doing what needs to be done. More »

The "All Is Forgiven" Effect (May 9, 2012)

So I just finished the season finale of Castle, and joined the collective voice of millions of other Americans saying, "Squee! Rick and Kate together at last!" I probably would have "squeed" louder if I hadn't been waiting for it for, oh, the past four years. More »

Heroines I Hate (February 9, 2012)

I've taken a break from my WIP to write a collection of short romances set in the 1890s (the aforementioned "trashy" piece being one, followed by some nine others with varying degrees of fluff). The best thing about short stories is that I can stuff in a whole lot of ideas all at once, and clear some space in my head for some more substantial efforts. More »