Characterization Tips – What to Avoid, Where to Focus

Author Don Massenzio

This post is focused on a very important, if not the most important, aspect of your writers, your characters. Readers become invested in characters. They learn to love and/or hate characters. They sympathize and/or empathize with their flaws, quirks and events that shape them. Character development is both essential and difficult.

In this post, I hope to pull together some useful tips that I have tried to follow in my own writing or have learned from those that are respected and successful in the craft.

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  • Be consistent with what you call your characters – If you’re character’s name is John Doe, stick with calling him John or Mr. Doe or Johnny. But don’t alternate or you will confuse your readers. I actually broke this rule in my first book, Frankly Speakingand in it’s subsequent related books, I have a character named Clifford Jones, III. He is an attorney…

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7 Tips for Writing Fantasy

Nicholas C. Rossis

Reedsy recently published some great tips for fantasy authors–tips which can be easily applied to any fiction writing. Here is my summary of a selection of these tips.

Fantasy landscape Earth | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Pixabay

1. Identify your Market

If you think it’s enough to say, “oh, I write fantasy,” think again. With so many fantasy genres, readers tend to cluster around specific subgenres which can range from Harry Potter to steampunk and Young Adult.

2. Use Short Stories

This was a great tip, reminding us of the value of short stories to flesh out our world and characters. When you write these with the specific aim of excluding them from your novels, you will find that you have more creative freedom and can discover surprising things about your universe.

3. Tie your World-building into your Plot

The best example to describe this is Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The whole fantasy premise flows…

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Characterization Tips – What to Avoid, Where to Focus — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Originally posted on Author Don Massenzio: This post is focused on a very important, if not the most important, aspect of your writers, your characters. Readers become invested in characters. They learn to love and/or hate characters. They sympathize and/or empathize with their flaws, quirks and events that shape them. Character development is both essential…

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RDP Wednesday – Mettlesome

Our prompt for the day is “mettlesome”.

Adjective – met-ul-sum – full of vigor and stamina; lively, gritty, spirited, gallant

In the sixteenth century, mettle was a variant spelling for metal, when metal denoted both, substances like iron or gold, as well as the figurative meaning of spirit or courage. By the eighteenth century, mettle and metal were distinctly defined.

Compose a post using the word “mettlesome”. It could be a description in words, or an interpretation in pictures. What does the word mean to you? You know the rules. Use “ragtag daily prompt” , “RDP” , and “mettlesome” as tags. Add “photo” if you’re sharing a picture, as specific tags make your posts more accessible to other bloggers. Pingback your posts to this page or copy-paste your links in the comment thread here. And while you’re around, browse through what fellow bloggers have come up with using the day’s prompt.

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Guest author: Roberta Eaton ~ Beliefs and myths of southern Africa VI: The Sotho-Tswana people — Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Roberta Eaton, aka Robbie Cheadle, shares the final post on the beliefs and myths of her home. Other posts in the series can be found by cicking here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four and Part Five. Myths and beliefs of southern Africa – The Sotho-Tswana people This is the last post in this […]

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Guinness Shepherd’s Pie — Fox Valley Foodie

Guinness Shepherd’s Pie is richly flavored and loaded with ground meat, peas, carrots, onions, and corn under a decadent layer of cheddar mashed potatoes. Shepherd’s pie is the O.G. of casseroles – a hearty family meal served with your entree, side dish, and vegetable loaded in each flavorful forkful. However, you don’t have to be…

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FOTD – February 6, 2019 – Primrose

Cee's Photo Challenges

Feel free to post every day or when you you feel like it.  Please continue to post your entries on my daily post.  Here is a link to my  FOTD page.  Thanks.

I’ve gathered a list of challenges and their hosts.  So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my blog.  Feel free to contact me anytime.  I hope everyone will be able to use my lists.

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Cee

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