Tagged with characterization

New Podcast Up: Antman’s Shrinking Plot

New Podcast Up: Antman’s Shrinking Plot


In this reformatted episode we take a different approach to the podcast. We decided from here on out to pick a pop culture film or book or comic book and spend the podcast discussing that piece from a writer’s perspective. Today we decided to discuss the recent Marvel offering “Antman”. It led to some lively … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Con-goers and Promotions

New Podcast Up: Con-goers and Promotions


In this podcast we talk about our experience at Sooner Con 24 and break down the struggles that come with promotion of indie work. Mainly we discuss the many types of folks you might expect to visit your table and how to best move product by curbing those types of visitors who might unintentionally prevent … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Hidden Characters In Alexandria

New Podcast Up: Hidden Characters In Alexandria


In this episode we discuss an interesting point of characterization we like to call “hidden characterization”. This is a kind of dramatic irony where the character’s actions do not match up with their external motivation for doing the action. It has been used infrequently in fiction and in television as in novels such as “The … Continue reading

Why Should Readers Care About Your Protagonist?

Why Should Readers Care About Your Protagonist?


My current WIP has sent me through several psychological states: first elation, then dread, then depression, then elation again, and then probably bi-polar disorder. I spent nearly 6 months designing five separate solar systems complete with flora and fauna, alien races, cultures, history, and tons of other things that probably would bore you to death. … Continue reading

Using Setting to Develop a Plot

Using Setting to Develop a Plot


I’ve seen many different articles around the inter-webs about plot development.  Usually there are two schools of thought: Create highly developed character bios and then they will inform what kind of plot needs to develop. Create a highly developed plot and then the characters will take shape based on the plot created. I have another … Continue reading

Creating Characters and Grading Research Papers

Creating Characters and Grading Research Papers


This week has been hectic. The 11th grade research paper was due and I have been in the middle of grading them.  Such is my life. However, in the midst of this, I have been thinking about what makes excellent characterization as I construct my newest character driven novel series. In Orson Scott Card’s book Character … Continue reading

7 Things Every Fictional Character Needs

7 Things Every Fictional Character Needs


I’m currently crafting some character biographies for a new series I’m writing and thought I would share a few things about how I go about creating characters.  I’ve gleaned this from several sources, from my days in college writing classes and from just figuring things out over time. I use this format to write character … Continue reading