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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 […]

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 […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Two: Uniqueness

Creating Memorable Characters Part Two: Uniqueness

A few weeks ago I started a new series on Creating Memorable Characters. In Part One, I talked about giving your character a flaw of some sort to make him or her relatable. Not only must your character be relatable, he or she must be unique. Just as no two people are exactly alike, no […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part One: Relatability

Creating Memorable Characters Part One: Relatability

I’m a plot-first writer. I have grand ideas and interwoven plots and subplots and story arcs. I discussed on my personal blog the difference between a Plot-First writer and a Character-First writer. All stories need both a good plot and an interesting character. You can have the most interesting and exciting plot in the world, […]

Crosshair Press Open for Submissions

Crosshair Press Open for Submissions

Guest Blogger: Amy Davis The Crosshair Press founding team members are Amy Williams, Katie Morford, and Amy Davis. Our respective backgrounds include copywriting, journalism, copyediting, and missionary work, and a plethora of random things like insurance, plumbing, and research. The idea of Crosshair Press hatched around a restaurant breakfast table in Wichita, Kansas, over toast […]

Submit Your Stories to Havok Magazine

Submit Your Stories to Havok Magazine

If y’all aren’t following Havok magazine, you should be. This flash fiction magazine is the place to get your quick hits of speculative fiction, and it’s a great paying market for you to submit to. Each issue of Havok has a theme, and submitted stories must fit the theme. Below are themes for upcoming issues. […]

Three Paying Short Fiction Markets

Three Paying Short Fiction Markets

Through a Facebook friend, I recently discovered a trio of speculative fiction podcasts that are looking for stories. They are produced by a group called Escape Artists, and are available on iTunes or through their individual websites. The podcasts have good production values, and the stories are read by excellent voiceover artists. These are not […]