Tales (more than) twice told

If there are only a few basic plots to work from, retelling old stories would seem inevitable. Here’s an interesting discussion about the pros and cons of borrowing not just plots, but whole stories, cast and all. Mythcreants » Five Rules for Retelling Old Stories. http://m.mythcreants.com/blog/five-rules-for-retelling-old-stories/

Get inside characters

A friend of mine told me about The Emotion Thesaurus a few weeks ago. I bought it immediately. My favorite parts are the physical descriptions of emotional responses. I haven’t used it yet, but I’ve been clicking through it (I bought the ebook) and I know it’s going to come in handy. Sarah Winter: WritingContinue reading “Get inside characters”

Would you hire this character?

If a character doesn’t feel quite right, here are some questions you might consider. They are meant to help people on job interviews. Think of your character as your potential employee and of yourself as the boss. How would you answer? 8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask During Job Interviews | Inc.com. http://www.inc.com/jerome-ternynck/8-questions-every-candidate-should-ask-during-job-interviews.html?cid=ps002ros

Merging traffic

One of the projects I’m working on — the one I dubbed my “10-year book” the other day — has me stuck. I’ve been working on adding another viewpoint, and it’s been awkward. One of Claire Fuller’s suggestions is working on them separately and merging them later. I’m trying it. If you’re stuck, maybe another Continue reading “Merging traffic”

‘She just doesn’t get me!’

What happens when someone who really understands people has to deal with someone who doesn’t? This article is about working with people who have low “emotional intelligence.” But it also describes some of their traits and those of high “EQ” folks, all of which can be used in character develpment. How to Work with PeopleContinue reading “‘She just doesn’t get me!’”