Characters at Work

As authors, we want people to believe our characters are real. OK, not so much, but we do want them to be believable as people. People have jobs or careers. Our characters need jobs and careers as well. In life,

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A Word About Pacing

Have you ever read a story and thought the characters should just get on with it? That’s an indication that the author missed the pace of the story. Pacing is the speed at which a story moves along. It can

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Feline Freedom League Mission Report

From: Agent Mulder To: Mr. Whiskers Date: 3 February 2019 Subject: First Report of 2019 Something came up in the latter half of the previous year. The humans brought in cardboard toys. I do not believe the toys were for

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Some tips on Dialog

Good dialog is often hard to write. For one thing, people speak differently than they write. We are encouraged to use full sentences when we write, but we often use fragments when we speak. When is the last time you

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Using An App to Create Characters

There are no shortcuts in writing, but there are some jump starters. For writing itself there are prompts to catapult you into a piece. There are character development apps to help get you started with characters. These apps ask you

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Creating A Character Database

I create characters for practice. I don’t throw them out, I keep them. I do short character charts on them in a word processor. Then I store them in a rough database. OK, I stick the documents in a folder

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Feline Freedom League January 2019

From: Agent Molly To:  Mr. Whiskers Date: 6 January 2019 Subject: First Report of 2019 Over the course of the last several months, I have been endeavoring to find out what the noises are that I hear occasionally outside this

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