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Creating Memorable Characters Part Eight: Character

Creating Memorable Characters Part Eight: Character

This is the final segment in my Creating Memorable Characters series. The topics we’ve covered so far are: Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, Dialogue, and Backstory, and Choices. Today, we wrap it up with Part Eight: Character Ultimately, the thing that makes a character memorable is his or her character. His character is […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part Seven: Choices

Creating Memorable Characters Part Seven: Choices

I’m continuing my series on Creating Memorable Characters. So far, we’ve covered Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, Dialogue, and Backstory. This segment is where it all comes together. Part Seven: Choices All of the elements of creating a character, from physical attributes to social interactions to backstory, contribute to the choices your character […]

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 […]

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 5: History and Landmarks)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 5: History and Landmarks)

I’m continuing my series on world building. Come check out Part One, Part Two: Stereotyping, Part Three: Building a Religion, and Part Four: Climate and Clothes History and Landmarks Another thing that will help shape your world is its history. Just as your characters have rich and complex backstories that shape their personalities and influence […]

Why There Are No Refugees From America

Why There Are No Refugees From America

This meme showed up on Facebook the other day, and it really got me thinking. Why is it that America houses refugees but never produces them? The worst crisis to hit this country was the Great Depression. Poverty soared. Crops died. The Dust Bowl left people starving. Yet no one left … The country, that […]

You can’t fire an arrow

You can’t fire an arrow

During my research for Alara’s Call, I read some great articles about archery. Unfortunately, that was in the days before I discovered Evernote, so I no longer have the links. But one of the most important things I learned is that one doesn’t fire a bow. This was crucial, because I did at one point […]

Ancient Aliens

Ancient Aliens

My hubby and I just started watching the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens.”  We’ve watched the first two episodes so far. I have to admit, I find the theory that beings were present and active in the ancient world, contributing to society and perhaps even sharing technology, quite fascinating. (Spoiler alert: I may or may not […]

We are not smarter than our ancestors…

I love me some nerd TV.  You know… History Channel, Discovery Channel, ect.  I’ll watch most of the shows they offer, except for those few like Monster Quest that put out a lot of theory and hype but give you ZERO resolution at the end.  Those are most un-fulfilling.  But the others I like, even […]