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Creating Memorable Characters Part Six: Backstory

Creating Memorable Characters Part Six: Backstory

Continuing my series on Creating Memorable Characters. So far, we’ve covered Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, and Dialogue. These aspects of character development are all very superficial. They are the things that make a character stand out and come alive on the page. They are the things that make the character seem like […]

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 […]

Character Profile: Jayden Jorah

Character Profile: Jayden Jorah

  Guest Blogger: S.D. Grimm I am really excited for this guest blog post today. Not only do I get to talk about my novel Scarlet Moon, but I also get to do something really fun, and that is talk about my main character: Jayden Jorah. A little bit about Jayden’s appearance first. Eyes: Blue […]

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 […]

New Projects

New Projects

This has been a productive week. I spent a good part of last week dealing with a stomach bug running through my house and various children staying home from school, and then last weekend we went camping with a bunch of people from the kids’ school. (Yridessa had quite an adventure on her first camping […]