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”

Open stats

While I like the idea of another online home for short fiction (another is The Write City Magazine), I don’t think I like having the analytics out there for the world to see. How about you? The new platform luring readers into short fiction | Books | The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/31/self-publishing-online-comma-press-macguffin-readers-analytics

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!’”