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Character Backgrounds: Yes or No?

There are heaps of articles, lists of questions, charts and what not, all for the purpose of developing characters. Next to plot (or before plot. That's another discussion) the characters are the most important part of a novel. So, it seems they should be given special attention. But how much? Is the 100 facts questioner, … Continue reading Character Backgrounds: Yes or No?

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On Heroes and Villains

I recently read an article about writing villains. It said something interesting about them, about why they are so important. The article said that without the villain, the hero is nothing. The conflict that the villain creates makes the hero interesting. Heroes are predictable and boring when circumstances are regular. The hero's chance to shine … Continue reading On Heroes and Villains

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Intention and Obstacle

I've been taking a class by Aaron Sorkin on screenwriting recently, via masterclass.com. One of the lessons was entitled Intention and Obstacle.  Even though it's about screenwriting, it really applies to any kind of drama, especially of course, novels. For me, Sorkin explained how to create conflict in very clear terms. Thought I'd share what I learned!   Intention Your … Continue reading Intention and Obstacle

2017

New Year. New Changes

This January I re-looked at my life and made my plans for the next few months. They're pretty exciting, including the screenwriting  masterclass I'm taking  with Aaron Sorkin. Among my plans are making the final steps to turn my blog professional. Which, after some attempts last night, didn't go so well. But never mind. I had some … Continue reading New Year. New Changes

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas has been great, let's hope 2017 has some good times in store. I will be starting some new things in January. I will be charging full-speed ahead for June. I plan to have a first draft of the Red Dream completed by then. With that I want to introduce the Green Crow Trilogy's (Yes, … Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!