Tag Archives: characters

Ditching the Character Interview

Ah, the character interview, the go-to tool for literary and genre writers alike to help them get a feel for their characters’ inner and outer worlds. As if grasping a character’s, er, character is as easy as filling in the blanks on a standardized form. When I first began writing fiction, I tried this route… Read More »

Death Is a Part of Life

My great-aunt Dixie passed away last week. She was a pistol, one of the best women I’ve ever had the privilege to know and love, and she will be greatly missed. The sky was bright and beautiful the day of her funeral, but bitterly cold. She would not have approved of us lingering at her graveside… Read More »

Writerly Quote of the Week

“If the Melissa Harris Perrys of the world had their way, every bad guy would be a thinly veiled Dick Cheney. That’s oatmeal. Screw oatmeal. I’m all about equal opportunity in my villainy.” –Larry Correia, “Ask Correia #18: Creating ‘Offensive’ Characters“

Character Motivation

We recently watched Battle: Los Angeles for the umpteenth time. The plot is very simple: A group of Marines led by a Staff Sergeant on the verge of retiring must rescue civilians trapped behind enemy lines after a devastatingly brutal alien invasion. Battle offers a lot to viewers. The Marines are the underdogs. (I like… Read More »