Category Archives: character development

I Remind Myself, in Troubled Times

Have the courage to accept our responsibility and our pain as our starting point. Imagine, seek and honor the most compelling truth of “the other side.” Abandon demeaning speech and belittling thoughts. Forgive others for not being perfect, for not … Continue reading

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Finding characters

The path to finding one’s characters is not as clear-cut as I once thought.  It turns out characters not only change utterly during the writing of a tale, but also (thank the heavens) once you’ve discovered them, they still grow … Continue reading

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Formless but not Inchoate: Building Character

Nothing bores me more in life than filling out long forms about myself–nothing but golf, of course.  So it should come as no surprise that I have approximately zero desire (give or take a head-in-wall-thumping) to do the same for … Continue reading

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Know Thine Enemy (On Writing)

Every morning, bleary or bright, I gaze down on my beloved streets of New York and assess the people below me.  How huddled are they against the weather, how languidly do they swing their arms—in other words, what shall I … Continue reading

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Beyond the Point of No Returns

There’s no two ways about it.  Writing is an insane activity.  Both when it’s working—and one walks along city streets in earnest, deep conversation with oneself, periodically stopping still to jot down notes—and when it’s not working (which involves more … Continue reading

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Developing Characters, or: What Doesn’t Kill You…

The other morning I had a guest over for brunch.  In other words, I had to tidy the apartment.  The problem was that my apartment was already tidy.  This is because I’m writing a book, and writing a book requires … Continue reading

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Plotting Along

This weekend was pure torture. And by pure torture I mean intermittent irritation in a backdrop of a wonderful weekend.  So clearly I choose my words wisely. I woke up to an unusual sound on Friday.  Puzzled, I looked about the room, … Continue reading

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Six Pages This Morning, All is Good with the World

A question had been niggling me as questions are wont to–at least when they pertain to my story and therefore are really my job to solve, and solve quick. How do characters M and B realize that two auspicious artifacts … Continue reading

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Random Thought on the Nature of Self (fictional and alive)

Every moment of every day, we are not just living, we are creating who we are.  Isn’t that pretty amazing? I am as much the sum of my experiences, physicality and psychology, as I am the product of my own … Continue reading

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Speak to Me…

I’m thinking about voice now, about how it frames and directs a character, as well as our sense of who they are. How a person speaks reflects so much: their background, their education, their “themes” in life, their passions, their … Continue reading

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