characterization

The World Of The Songstress Murders: That Old Timey Religion! a.k.a. Religion, Culture, and Characters

This week’s The World Of .. focuses on fantasy gods and religions, as well as how those things can influence and inform us about the cultures and characters in those worlds, using examples from my next book, The Songstress Murders!

Remember, there’s a little less than two weeks left to get your pre-order of The Songstress Murders!

Writing Is A Bad Habit: TOO FAST! a.k.a. Brisk Pacing vs. Excessive Pacing

Let’s say you are writing an action-adventure piece, or an action piece, or really any genre that has a heavy action emphasis (from military sci-fi to a martial arts slugfest).  Obviously, you would want to set a fast pace for the plot to match the fast action.  The pace should be a driving force, keeping events rolling forward at break-neck speed … or should it?

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Writing Is A Bad Habit: Hardcore Perspectives! a.k.a. Hardcore Henry And The First Person Perspective

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So I saw Hardcore Henry over the weekend.

First, the movie is incredible, well, if you like action movies.  This is, at its core, an action flick with all that entails, so if you’re not on-board for high-octane action, you won’t like it.  That being said, there’s some surprising depth of story and world-building done here and that’s what I’m going to talk about today.

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Writing Is A Bad Habit In The World Of … : ‘Strong’ Protagonists! It’s More Than Coolness, Yo!

So demands for planing for Mobicon, work for editing clients, and other shenanigans, I regretfully inform you that I won’t have a Starving Review served up today.

However, I present as a substitute some extended thoughts on the ‘strong’ protagonist, male or female, and how to create and think about your creations, alongside examples culled from my own writing.  An extension of this Wednesday’s Writing Is A Bad Habit, the audio log takes things deeper than before.

If you enjoy this, please let me know so I can plan to do more of these podcast-style articles in the future!

Writing Is A Bad Habit: This Is Just Like Budapest a.k.a. The Noodle Incident

It’s been a while since we’ve sat back and talked about a writing trope or two.  With that in mind, let’s take a casual day today and talk about an interesting bit of trope-y-ness: the Noodle Incident.  Sometimes known as the Throwaway Backstory Event, a Noodle Incident (NI for the remainder of this article) is some piece of past history a character in a piece refers to, but never elaborates on, usually with the implication that the event was too ridiculous, unbelievable, or over the top to need to be elaborated on.  Whatever the reason for doing so, the NI remains a point of untouched history and, in a long series, may be referenced multiple times.

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Book News: Review-A-Palooza! a.k.a. Yet Another Opening Bell Review!

Being a Starving Author is a life of deep lows (empty wallets, scraping together to get by, the stings of the deeply critical) and incredible highs (deeply insightful reviews, the sheer joy of creation, the glow of putting the last flourish on the page).  These past few days are turning into something of a major high, though, as more reviews come in on The Opening Bell.

Here’s a link to another fresh one, one that made me feel quite good with its praise of the work I put into the characters, something I was especially happy with at the end of the day:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1ZWRQNYVHFZ2Q/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B013MKNACY

Enjoy!

Writing Is A Bad Habit: Less Isn’t Always More a.k.a. Balanced Exposition and Description

Brevity may be the soul of wit, but it is possible to be too brief. While we as authors strive to avoid info dumps, telling not showing, and letting our language dive into purple prose, we also must counterbalance this with smart exposition, action-based characterization, and vivid description. As you can see, this is quite a balancing act. In the past, we’ve talked about what happens if you overdescribe, and today we’ll talk about the dangers of underdescription.

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