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Character Emotions — Part Eight (Encore)

Last time around I presented the opening scene from a work in progress by writer Nancy James. Many of you who took the time to read it may have come away with the same question in mind that I had, … Continue reading

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Character Emotions — Part Seven (Encore)

In the past few posts, I’ve discussed a number of emotions. This time I’d like to focus on an emotional state which isn’t as easy to sum up as fear, anger, jealousy, or passion. I’m talking about shock. Like most … Continue reading

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Character Emotions — Part Six (Encore)

These discussions about how to convey character emotions don’t come in any particular order. So, if you’re trying to guess what comes next, good luck! But here’s a visual clue for this go-round: Please try to restrain yourself, even though … Continue reading

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Character Emotions — Part Four (Encore)

Before I launch into the next emotion on the agenda, I want to pass along a link to a website which provides an interesting look at emotions. Click Here! It provides a good discussion of Plutchik’s Wheel, a tool used to … Continue reading

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Character Emotions — Part Three (Encore)

The next emotion up for discussion is something that’s often mistaken for something else, especially in fiction. I’m talking about passion. At first blush, most people will automatically link the word to human intimacy. There’s nothing wrong with that; if … Continue reading

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Character Emotions — Part Two (Encore)

In the last session, the discussion focused on suggestions for improving emotional expression. The list included ditching clichés, being specific, avoiding ambiguity, using a range of emotions, and relying on personal experience. Let’s see if we can figure out how to pull this off. … Continue reading

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Character Emotions — Part One (Encore)

In a writer’s workshop I conducted not too long ago, we spent some time discussing ways to portray the emotions of our characters. It seemed evident, to me anyway, that too many of the participating writers were satisfied with static … Continue reading

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How much of you should go in your book? (Encore)

While the answer is obvious for those who write memoir or family histories, the question becomes a great deal trickier when one is writing fiction. To a certain extent, all of what we put in a novel is derived from … Continue reading

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Do your characters act like people? (Encore)

Wait–You mean my human characters? It may seem like a stupid question, but it’s not. In the process of working our way out of caves and into cars, we have developed certain patterns of behavior which are common to all … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Brain (Encore)

It’s time for something somewhat <cough> headier than usual. I read an article by Carl Zimmer in the New York Times on-line edition about research done a few years ago in Germany to find out what parts of a writer’s … Continue reading

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