Category Archives: Characterization

Developing Characters for a Middle Reader Book

We’ll go back to our public speaking questions in a couple of weeks. Today, I want to introduce you to YA author Cheryl Martin and her ability to craft strong characters. As I said before, flat characters leap from the … Continue reading

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Setting + Costumes = Stronger Characters

In theater, setting and costumes help the audience visualize the characters. There’s an art to choosing the perfect furniture piece or costume color. People who are good at dressing a show get paid a lot. Writers can use the same … Continue reading

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Royal Fascination

We couldn’t join the millions of spectators braving the cold wet streets of London to honor Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, so we’re living vicariously by having a DOWNTON ABBEY marathon in the comfort of our living room. Munching buttered popcorn, … Continue reading

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Stop and Watch the Solar Eclipse

Yesterday evening a friend texted me and said I should check out the sun. After I finished the laundry, loaded the dishwasher, and checked my email, I dashed outside. A faint rosy glow was all that remained in the western … Continue reading

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Characters that Pop

I asked good friend and author Carla Stewart to drop by and discuss her favorite character in her new release, STARDUST. Carla’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by. A child of the fifties and sixties, she recalls it as … Continue reading

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HUNGER GAMES … Book or Movie?

Figures are in. HUNGER GAMES leapt from the page to the stage and grossed $19.7 million at the midnight premiere. Suzanne Collin’s story of the spunky underdog who takes on the elite class stirs opinions. One of the biggest debates is: … Continue reading

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3 Lessons from the HUNGER GAMES

I think March Madness should include the much anticipated movie HUNGER GAMES. Author Suzanne Collins has to be beside herself with excitement to see the words she penned take the stage. But Collins did such a spectacular job of writing, … Continue reading

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Oh, No. Not Davy Jones.

Was saddened to hear the news that my teen heartthrob died. I loved Davy Jones. And although I never met him … I was certain he was in love with me. Amazing how some characters become bigger than life. Ebenezer … Continue reading

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Oscar Buzz

I’m so glad Billy Crystal is gearing up to emcee the 2012 Academy Awards. Something about this talented star compels me to sit through the incredibly long and self-glorifying affair. What is it? I call it the Dan Blocker Effect. When I … Continue reading

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SMASH

If you’ve ever dreamed of landing the lead in a Broadway musical, then SMASH will suck you in. This “backstage musical” tells the story of the drama/conflict that goes on behind the stage. Writers are at war with each other … Continue reading

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