Tough Choices: Character-Informed Dilemmas

(Photo Credit: OffGamers) Since we’re talking about choices, we are obviously talking about characters. Regardless of the genre or the specific situation, it is the character who has to make the choice. An easy choice is almost no choice at all. While the specifics change from character to character, every character will have needs and […]

Rate this:

Ch 1 Blunders: Generic Characters

(Photo Credit: Adventures in Married Life) Few readers will read about stick figures! Last month, I received some fantastic feedback on the first quarter of my current MS. For this series of articles, I will draw from the remarks of my wonderful Beta readers and discussions I have had with other writers on these topics. […]

Rate this:

Ch 1 Blunders: Premature POV Changes

(Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Don’t blur your reader’s vision of your story! Last month, I received some fantastic feedback on the first quarter of my current MS. For this series of articles, I will draw from the remarks of my wonderful Beta readers and discussions I have had with other writers on […]

Rate this:

Verbal Fight Scenes: Anger Patterns in Relationships

Photo Credit: EmotionallyVague.com Parent. Love interest. Best friend. Rival. You main character will react differently to anger depending on the nature of the relationship she is in – and the nature of the other person. Luckily for the writer, within the relationship these reactions are  consistent across time (until one character decides to change). Anger […]

Rate this:

Verbal Fight Scenes: 2 Dysfunctional Anger Types

  Photo Credit: Pinterest   I am going to introduce the Viper and the Ostrich. These are my (impromptu) names for two opposing anger management styles. It might help you, as you develop your characters, to consider them at two ends of a spectrum of dysfunctional styles. Both feel anger and react to it but […]

Rate this:

Verbal Fight Scenes: Stages of the Fight Scene

(Photo Credit: Pinterest Verbal fight scenes can be enhanced by the view-point character’s anger (short-term, of course, but often also long-term anger), her anger management style, and the anger patterns in that relationship. Anger is an emotional reaction to a problem. In earlier posts, we looked at many situations and issues that can trigger anger. […]

Rate this: