Understand Anger: World Building

Photo Credit: Jim McDermott Character anger can tell you a great deal about her relationship with her world – particularly the traditions and values of the group she is presently immersed in. When anger is used to deepen world development, it is important to remember that your character probably won’t feel that there is threat/ […]

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Understand Anger: Character development

Photo Credit: AndytheLemon Understanding character anger can help you develop your character. Now, I’m not suggesting that you should make an angry character (or that you shouldn’t). But what makes your character angry can give you insight into that character’s present situation, backstory, current wound/flaw/weakness, and other character traits. (Developing relationships and character arcs are […]

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Understand Anger: Uncover Character Motives and Story Goals

Photo Credit: Mirror of Good and Evi lby AntonellaB For our purposes this month, anger is a signal that something is wrong in the character’s life. That “something is wrong” means something needs to change. Discover what needs to change and you find internal conflict, external conflict, and maybe even your story goal. Ideally, there […]

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Exploiting Anger for Story Development

  How do you think of anger? Society tends to depict it as something to be avoided but can any emotion really be avoided? We can suppress it, channel it, express it, learn from it… This month focuses on learning from character anger. We’ll look at how to exploit long-term issues in the next two […]

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Revision: logic and imagination

Both logic and imagination are necessary in revision. Revision is not some dry process. It is fluid, floating between solid logic and airy imagination. The writer dips her toes in each world. Logic gives you the ABCs – structure, guidelines, rules. Imagination gives you the words. The chapter I spent three days revising needs to […]

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Benefits of a Writer’s Support Network

Writing can be a lonely profession. But a writer does not need to be completely alone in his or her efforts. By building connections with people, writers find affirmation, encouragement, challenge, accountability, and grounding. Although a writer can write alone, I believe that a support system greatly increases a writer’s staying power – the ability […]

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