Tag 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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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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Setting as Character

About five years ago, I got the chance to go to New York to see my first Broadway show. I bought tickets to see 42nd Street. As the orchestra tuned, I fidgeted in my seat. The house lights went down. … 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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A Little Dab Will Do Ya

GUEST POST FRIDAY. Read what writer Jennifer Slattery has to say about the details of characterization. I must have a very short, easily distractible attention span. Hand me a newspaper and I’ll have it read in ten minutes. Jennifer-read, that … Continue reading

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Passive Writing = Passive Characters

Dallas stage costume designer, Eric Criner says “Bland costumes that blend into bland walls equal bland characters.” So when Eric is considering how he’s going to dress the leads, he looks for costume colors that pop against the background. He … Continue reading

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Turning Setting into Character

I try to use all of my senses when describing a setting, and try to think of everything that would impact a character in any given scene. ~Mercedes Lackey, fantasy author One of my readers sent these lines for transforming … Continue reading

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Vis-a-vis

Can you imagine Simon as a kid? His imaginary friends probably never wanted to play with him. ~Paula Abdul When my acting students prepare an audition monolog, they must know their vis-à-vis. Vis-à-vis is a technical acting term for the … Continue reading

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