Monthly Archives: November 2009

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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If Turkeys Could

    Due to the marvels of a Personal Video Recorder (PVR), I only recently caught up with the final Fall episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Entitled Holidaze, it follows the lives of those at Seattle Grace from Thanksgiving to New … 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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…Character, Action

 Okay, I admit it. I’m biased when it comes to movies. In my opinion older is better. But I try to keep an open mind because, well, I like movies. So I was looking forward to seeing The Taking of … 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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