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Yesterday, I had lunch with some writer friends. When we meet, we always have a writing agenda and yesterday we were talking about character development. In the course of the discussion, we also talked about writers who do that well. I’ve made a note to read a couple of books by Maeve Binchy and an old classic, Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore. We can always learn by reading other writers. If, by some chance, you have missed Shirley Jackson, here’s a quick intro to her work. Put her on your list.

A.M. Homes on Shirley Jackson | Penguin Blog

Not so lonely

Combating loneliness can be difficult. One Japanese woman fights it by populating her village with dolls. What else might such a character do? What other quirks might a lonely character develop?
Creepy might not be the best word to describe the woman’s pastime — but it does make an attention grabbing headline. But you could easily skip the introductory text. It’s melodramtic. Go straight to the video for your inspiration.
In addition to letting the images inspire you, think about the role of video in both your storytelling and your marketing. How might you use it?

Why This Japanese Village Is Full of Creepy Dolls