Avily Jerome

The Dragons of Legerdemain

The Dragons of Legerdemain

We interrupt this Thanksgiving Day to bring you a spot of shameless self-promotion. A new project I’ve been working on lately is creating dragon head hunting trophy sculptures. I’ve had a really good time figuring out the process and expressing my creativity in a new way. And, as with all my art, I’m excited to […]

Mid-Month Slump

Mid-Month Slump

The holiday season is officially upon us. Thanksgiving is in a week. Following that, all the other holiday madness, from the fun of parties and celebrations, to stress over not having enough money to stretch to all the gifts and charities and so on, to squeezing in every last required social engagement, to the inevitable […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Five: Dialogue

Creating Memorable Characters Part Five: Dialogue

Continuing my series on creating memorable characters. Part One: Relatability     Part Two: Uniqueness Part Three: Physical Traits      Part Four:Tics and Mannerisms   And now, Part Five: Dialogue The way we talk says a lot about us. The same is true for our characters. How your character talks will determine to a great extent your character’s […]

Politics and Stuff

Politics and Stuff

Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows I have some pretty passionate opinions about the current state of our nation’s politics. I have posted several rants. And I have written several more that I have refrained from posting. I have genuinely good-willed people trying to sway me one way or the other for good reasons, […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Four: Tics and Mannerisms

Creating Memorable Characters Part Four: Tics and Mannerisms

Continuing my series on creating memorable characters. So far we’ve covered relatability, uniqueness, and physical traits. Now, on to Part Four: Tics and Mannerisms This is often very similar to physical traits, and there is plenty of room for overlap, but there are also distinctions. One way that a mannerism might overlap with a physical […]

Manipulating Emotions

Manipulating Emotions

That’s what we’re doing, you know. We use nicer phrasing, when we’re talking about it in writing circles, like “building empathy for our characters” and “upping the tension” and “creating a satisfying emotional experience” for our readers. But when it comes down to it, we’re manipulating their emotions. And we have to. People wouldn’t read […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Three: Physical Traits

Creating Memorable Characters Part Three: Physical Traits

I’m continuing my series on creating memorable characters. In Part One we discussed relatability. In Part Two we covered uniqueness. Without further ado, I give you Part Three: Physical Traits We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover,” which is good advice for nearly everything except books, and yet most of […]