Tag Archives: Costuming

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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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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Making the Shoe Fit…

Here’s a costume/setting question from one of my readers. Maybe this will help in our discussion of contrasting your character with the setting. Reader: I think shoes matter–especially on a protag. They can reveal a lot about a character. My … Continue reading

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I have the worst ear for criticism; even when I have created a stage set I like, I always hear the woman in the back of the dress circle who says she doesn’t like blue. ~Cecil Beaton Now that we … Continue reading

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The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn’t know what all the yelling was about. I didn’t realize that my body was moving. It’s a natural thing to me. So to the … Continue reading

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I’ll be wearing a space suit, and a cowboy hat would not be a wise fashion accessory. ~Brian Walker So many great quotes about jewelry and accessories…so little time. I may have to write about BLING for weeks. Just kidding, … Continue reading

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Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles. ~Sonia Henie I loved this quote…until my husband of thirty years gave me a beautiful black onyx ring. He thinks the gift says “I love you.” I think he sprung for the bling … Continue reading

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I had very good dentures once.  Some magnificent gold work.  It’s the only form of jewelry a man can wear that women fully appreciate.  ~Graham Greene As we continue dressing our characters for success, let’s investigate the importance of accessorizing. … Continue reading

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GAIT A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes. –Mark Twain Welcome to a new decade. Praying many blessings on your writing year. Let’s get back to exploring ways to use … Continue reading

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