Day Ten: Jolted Jerks

Welcome to Day Ten of the A to Z Challenge. For this year’s challenge, I’ll be examining different types of characters that can be found in international fiction. Today I’m looking at jolted jerks. Jolted jerks, before a mishap, tend to be proud, depreciating and selfish. These characters go through a tragedy that transforms their […]

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Day Nine: Illustrious Intellectuals

Welcome to Day Nine of the A to Z Challenge. For this year’s challenge, I’ll be examining different types of characters that can be found in international fiction. Today I’m looking at illustrious intellectuals. This group of people tend to be those who are recognized as geniuses by the world around them.  They are esteemed […]

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Character Need: Part Two

In the last post, I looked at connections between character needs and experience.  In this post, I’m taking another look at character need, but from the perspective of how character need can be used in story development.  In this post you’ll notice I use ‘could’, ‘can’, and ‘may’ a lot because all of the below […]

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Character Needs: Part One

What drives a character?  Could it be the desire to accumulate power like Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane?  Or a desire to rewrite a legacy, like Tony Stark in Iron Man? Although the above are character goals, none of them are the driving force behind each character.  In order to see what truly motivates a […]

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Internal Conflicts

It could be said that one of the necessities of a profound character is internal conflict.    Robert McKee argues that the compelling nature of Macbeth is found in the depth of his internal turmoil.    Iria López Teijeiro states that internal conflicts add dimension to both character and story.  Olivia Markham stated that internal conflict […]

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Character Development

Character development.  It’s a subject that has consumed hours of workshop time, been the subject of a myriad of books and stumped many a writer.  The hours and publications dedicated to this issue say that it’s important, but how exactly do we do it? Linda Seger suggests beginning with research.  Karen Wiesner recommends outlining the […]

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