Category Archives: About Writing

Another Kind of Forest

A few weeks ago, in my last post over at FFnP, I talked about the character of Jake Sully in the 2009 movie Avatar to explore the concept of the forest as a powerful metaphor for transformation. But not every … Continue reading

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Anticipating the End

  …an admittedly odd way to begin a journey.   Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing. Marie Antoinette, whatever her other faults might have been, at no time said, “Let them eat cake.”   Unfortunately for the late Queen … Continue reading

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To Dumb to be a Killer

  Warning: Spoiler Alert:   Not long ago, I finally caught up with Ron Howard’s 2009 movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons—the prequel to The Da Vinci Code, which once again stars Tom Hanks as symbologist Robert Langdon. … Continue reading

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Character Growth as an Experiential Learning Cycle

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m working on some exciting new articles for this coming year, but today, here’s a reprint of a popular article I wrote a few years ago: Opening Scene: Will: “… In my opinion all men are … Continue reading

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Characterization: Part 4: Self-Concept

  “If self is all I ever thought of, I’d be where he was—gone.”                                                 Tom Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie     A writer presents a story through a protagonist’s perceptual filter—a point-of-view. A deeper understanding of that character’s … Continue reading

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Characterization: Part 3:The Looking Glass Self

  In my last post, Part 2: Core Beliefs, I stated that a writer’s job was to create a story situation that challenged a character’s core belief. This core belief is founded on a past experience—the back story an author … Continue reading

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Characterization: Part 2: Core Beliefs

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story   In my last post, Part 1:Perception, I discussed the perceptual process whereby characters receive, organize and interpret sensory information to create meaning in … Continue reading

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Characterization: Part 1: Perception

  Like real people, characters within the pages of a story should perceive the world around them in ways that are unique from each other.   In Psychology, perception includes both the sensory experience of the surrounding environment and the … Continue reading

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Cruise Control

Cruise control has been a feature on other cars I’ve owned, but until very recently I’ve resisted using it. Didn’t even know how it worked. Then, after one long distance drive too many, I decided to give cruise control a … Continue reading

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Charming Men of…Words

  September signals the start of a new school year—and a new television season.   The last couple of weeks my personal video recorder (PVR) has been hard at work. As a result, I’ve logged in more TV hours than … Continue reading

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