3. POV

Who Cares? Character Values and Conflict

Who Cares? Character Values and Conflict        Who cares?  Well, our characters do. These sometimes larger-than-life types care passionately about people and places and objects and concepts and experiences.  If you can figure out what your characters care about, you can use these values to discover more about them, to…

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Who Cares? Character Values and Conflict

Who Cares? Character Values and Conflict        Who cares?  Well, our characters do. These sometimes larger-than-life types care passionately about people and places and objects and concepts and experiences.  If you can figure out what your characters care about, you can use these values to discover more about them, to…

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When to show and when to tell?

Telling vs. Showing We’ve all heard the writing aphorism, “Show, don’t tell.” Yes, all the critics have the solution to vague, talky, directive stories and passages. Show, don’t tell!  Don’t tell me Sarah is angry– show her kicking the trashcan over! It’s great advice. Today’s readers want a more interactive…

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There’s a trend recently that calls for opening each scene “in media res”— with some kind of clever line (the “hook”), or sudden action or a line of dialogue.

This can be effective in drawing the reader in, but keeping her in requires more than clever lines. It requires a paragraph or two that anchors the scene in some specific place, time, and situation.

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