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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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  • What’s in a Name

    Naming characters is a fun process. But before you dive in head-first, there are a few things to think about that will help you choose the very best names. Let’s break this down… Think: Time-Period If you read a lot of books from the 1800s, you will encounter names like Horace and Hester, but I […]

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  • Puppet Writing 101

    So, you have this amazing story and you need some people to act it out in your book. Well, you’ve come to the write place. In 5 simple steps, I’m going to tell you how to write the perfect actors–ones on strings, no less! Step 1: Think about your storyline and decide what stereotypes would […]