Category Archives: character development

Reading like a Writer

One of the dangers of crossing the line from reader to writer is that it changes the way you read. For me, it makes me impatient with bad style, slow starters, lack of tension and plot holes. I am much … Continue reading

Posted in books, character development, fiction, writing, writing advice, writing series | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Heroes and Antiheroes: The Integrity of Prince Hans

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Readercon convention for science fiction and fantasy literature in Burlington, MA.  One of the panels was about heroes versus antiheroes:  what makes the difference?  How flawed must a hero be … Continue reading

Posted in character development, conventions, fantasy, magic, movies | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding a Balance: Cultural Appropriation and Under-representation

Writing fiction has lately become a bit of a minefield where, if you write about another culture, you risk charges of appropriation, and if you fail to include representatives of other cultures, then you are exclusionary. I have always operated … Continue reading

Posted in character development, essays, personal, Uncategorized, writing, writing process | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Mentor Who Knew Too Much

I often read unpublished manuscripts, either because I am paid to critique or edit them, or because I am trading beta-reading with author friends.  Recently, I’ve read several manuscripts with a common flaw:  a secondary character who knows almost everything, … Continue reading

Posted in character development, essays, fantasy, fiction, movies, writing, writing advice | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Frozen: World-building on Ice

I’m starting to see a series here on the blog about my thoughts on the world-building of various new films. Today’s subject is “Frozen,” a fun and surprisingly anti-Disney-trope Disney film. Not being real big on princesses, I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

Posted in character development, essays, movies, worldbuilding | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dear Writers, Welcome the New Year with Change

Hey, it’s 2014! I have a lot to look forward to, like a royalty statement that will definitively answer the question, “How’s Elisha Barber doing?” And the release of Elisha Magus in July, which I’ll be sure to talk lots … Continue reading

Posted in character development, essays, fantasy, writing, writing advice | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Sowing the Seeds of the Perfect End

I recently submitted a story to an online journal, and received some feedback from the editor, a couple of changes she wanted to see: first, the character’s motivation was unclear, second, the ending didn’t work. Well, motivation’s not too hard, … Continue reading

Posted in books, character development, editing, fiction, revision, writing, writing process | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment