Sometimes our physical appearance is based on our emotional state. In writing you often hear “show, don’t tell.” Using a character’s appearance is one way to show the inner thoughts of a character. For example, perhaps you have a character who is usually clean and pristine. Now he goes to work in wrinkled clothes. He … More Writer’s Notebook : Using Physical Appearance and Environmental Changes To Show a Character’s Emotional State
Do you have a bad habit? You are probably shaking your head like “Sara Jo, now you know.” I do. But I am waiting on you to tell me what it is. Shopping? Okay. Let’s say our character has the same product. Now we can get special. Janet has an issue buying kitchen gadgets that … More Writer’s Notebook: My Bad Habit
I can look at my character’s fear. Where did it come from? Why is it realistic? Why is it silly? Does she know where her insecurity originates? … More Writer’s Notebook: What Are You Afraid Of?
Today I am watching the Michael Dunn trial. I find this helpful as a writer. We see how people present evidence and how others interpret the facts. We get a view of how a defendant’s behavior affects jury and onlookers. In this time of Twitter and Facebook we see how preexisting notions influence public response. … More Writer’s Notebook: Watching the Trial
If she changes her belief it will affect her opinion. If she changes her opinion if may not effect her belief. … More Writer’s Notebook: Plotting Character Arc Part 1