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Intimate Storytelling – Part III Revealing Character

How a character moves, sits, responds, and thinks helps the readers know who he is. His actions as well as his introspection and emotions bring him to life and keep him from being a two-dimensional character. The whole idea of intimacy in storytelling has to do with bringing the reader into the story through the […]

Intimate Storytelling – Part II Character’s Feelings

Part I on Intimate Storytelling covered some of the elements of staying in a POV character’s viewpoint, but intimate storytelling needs more than a character’s viewpoint. The reader needs to feel the story through the character’s impressions and experience. This is done by bringing the senses to life. The familiar “showing not telling” comes into […]

Intimate Storytelling – Part I Character Viewpoint

One thing that first person offers that third doesn’t is an intimacy between the POV character and the reader. In first person, reader can get inside the skin of the main character who is the narrator and and storyteller, but third person can provide a close familiarity between the POV character and the reader by […]

Description II: Purposeful Details

Part I of this description section talked about putting life into your novel. Part II delves more into emotion and characterization. Description can connect with readers when it evokes emotion, and it can also deepen characterization by helping expose characters’ attitudes. When you use detailed descriptions in your novels, think about the affect the details […]

Part XI Suspense – Creating A Villain

A “bad guy” appears in all suspense, mystery and thriller novels. He can be focused on one individual, a series of individuals, the country or the world. The villain, as you know, must have redeeming qualities as well as evil attributes, and often he can hid beneath another persona and is not suspected. If the […]

Part III Suspense – Characterization

Suspense depends upon interesting characters who are outside the box. They must come alive with amazing mental abilities to undo puzzles, with courage and strength that are resources they might not know until they need them. In other words, the main hero of the story – the detective, the body guard, the police officer, the […]


Using Creative Colors in Fiction

Fiction means bringing characters to life with action, dialogue and also with description. Readers want to envision them physically, and so authors try to paint a picture of the main characters or of the setting with words. One issue I’ve struggled with is finding ways to describe color. Dark brown eyes doesn’t capture the reader’s […]

New Views on Characterization

I’m always on the lookout for interesting blogs or articles on characterization. We know that one of the main components for fiction is believable and interesting characters that grab us by the hand and pull us into the story. Alton Gansky, suspense novelist, blogged on characterization and then talked about another blogger who’d written the […]

Outlining #2 – Creating Character Arcs

In the Outlining for Screenwriting blog provided early, the second point deals with the topic of creating characters arcs. 2. Create individual character arcs. What does the character want? What does the character need? The need factor is often the hidden desire of the character. The difference between the want and the need are sometimes […]

Characterizing Gender Differences

Men and women are different. I see your mouths gaping, like tell me something new, but when you are writing a novel, it’s important to keep that in mind. They think differently and speak differently. Relationships of a man and woman are found in romance but relationships also permeate other genres. Therefore understanding howmen and […]