Critical Views

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t Stay Home

Don’t Stay Home

Life’s too short to watch Presidential debates. That’s always been my philosophy. In the past it’s worked. I knew who I was going to vote for at the end of the primary. My thoughts on the opposing party’s candidates have always made it easy to cheer on and campaign for my candidate. This year, I’m […]

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 […]

Air Awakens Book Review

Air Awakens Book Review

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Review: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Review: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

The other day at the Realm Makers Consortium, Lori Ann Weldon posted a link to a film she called “the most bazaar, trippy, and weird as WACK piece of art I have ever experienced.” She wasn’t overstating the matter. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is an animated Steampunk-fantasy drama that is incredibly beautiful and strange, like […]