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  • Writing Day #2: Exploring Three POVs

    It’s Writing Day at my house again! Which means it’s time to pull together another writing assignment for “my girls”–and put it on here for you to enjoy too! Today’s assignment is fun! It’s one that I have experimented with in the past. I didn’t have time to fill out my own examples for you […]

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  • Book Review: Characters and Viewpoint

    Book Review: Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

    (Affiliate link) Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card Vivid and memorable characters aren’t born: they have to be made   This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination. Award-winning author Orson […]

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  • Character Assassination

    I need a character for a story. Lets call him Fred. Fred is 5’11”, weighs 185 lbs and has blond hair and blue eyes. Do you love him yet? What if I tell you he has a six pack? No? Neither do I really. I mean who names their character Fred, you’d always be waiting […]

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  • God: Character or Setting?

      Is God a character in your story or part of the setting? Strange question, but bear with me here. If God is a character, then He needs to be treated in the same way as other characters; namely gradually revealed through the story. It’s unlikely God will have a character arc which changes Him, […]