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Characters and Social Media

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Which social media site would your characters use the most?

Do they like precise information, bite-sized stories like on Twitter? Would they be snapping picture evidence of their life for Instagram? Would they have a news feed catered to only their interests like on Tumblr? Do they have a favorite social media site or do they hop around between several? Are their own posts to the sites concise, all over the place, a good medium?

As writers, social media is important in reaching out to fellow authors, writers, and readers. Right now, we’re on one of the most popular blogging sites to share our thoughts and stories with one another. That’s the ultimate goal of social media sites — to connect.

So, how would your characters connect with others in their world through social media? How would your characters react to anonymous praise, critique, trolls? How private would they keep their settings? How often would they post? Would they connect more with people they know face-to-face or make friends with people from all over the world?

What would a stranger, or a reader, conclude about your character just from reading their social media sites?

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Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Home

 

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Summer Reading

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The weather is finally getting warmer. This week’s weather makes me think New England skipped spring and went straight into summer.
I’m not a summer girl. I prefer fall and winter, the cooler seasons giving me an excuse to stay cozy in an over-sized sweatshirt instead of sweltering in the summer heat. Spring isn’t too bad, when it happens to be here, but I could totally live without the allergies.
Ever take those online personality quizzes that tell you what season you are? Summer was always the bright, optimistic child while winter was the quiet, pensive individual. Many of them were no-brainers, allowing you to pick which answer corresponded with which result — if your favorite color was green or pink, you’d be heading toward spring.
If you had to describe your characters as a season, which ones would they be? Would you follow the more obvious routes, like a redhead being fall, or would you prefer to mix up the common traits of the season, like comparing the twinkle in your character’s eye to the sparkle of ice rather than sunlight?
 
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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Home

 

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No Conflict, No Story

c3271b123118866908768e75f09da391At our last writer’s group meeting, we were talking about conflict. No conflict, no story, right? As mentioned yesterday, one of my favorite types of conflict is Character vs Self, but there are other types as well:

Character vs Character — usually the most common external conflict, and tends to play out in the classic good versus evil, with the protagonist wanting something and the antagonist doing all they can to prevent it.

Character vs Society — Hunger Games, anyone? Character vs Society is about a character going against the traditional views of the world they live in, giving the external conflict a broad perspective and consequences that can reach out further than just the character.

Character vs Nature — this conflict pits the protagonist against the forces of nature, usually in the form of a natural disaster or perhaps an animal or beast.

Character vs Technology — found usually in sci-fi stories, Character vs Technology is when the protagonist faces robots or other machinery in the way of what they want.

Character vs Supernatural — a stable in most horror stories, supernatural obstacles are what prevents the protagonist from their goal. This is also called Character vs Fate, especially if gods or other immortal beings are involved.

They’re all very basic definitions, of course, with a myriad of examples that can be tacked onto each. It’s interesting to think of the bare-bones of stories, what makes the skeleton of the book, like the simplest conflict. Moby Dick is Character vs Nature, Harry Potter has Character vs Character, Fahrenheit 451 is Character vs Society, The Night Circus is Character vs Supernatural…

What about your favorite stories, either ones you’ve read or ones you’ve written?

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Home

 

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Conflict: Person vs Self

83e6e3404f6b48d87c8efa80bc3e2388A few of my more recent works in progress tend not to have a concrete villain. Rather, the type of conflict involved in the story is more Person vs Self, whereas the main character learns about themselves, overcoming their own self-imposed obstacles or reaching for goals where they do not (or cannot) rely on others to help.

Person vs Self is an internal conflict — the struggle for the character takes place in their own mind. Generally it has to do with making a tough decision, perhaps between what is right and wrong (or trying to determine what is right and wrong), or overcoming mixed, strong emotions.

A well-rounded story usually has both internal and external conflict to keep it moving and interesting, but internal conflicts are probably my favorite to write about. I love digging deep into a character’s emotions and motivations, figuring out the whys to their actions. Seeing them overcome their own doubts, nature, and prejudices make the ending of the story so much more satisfying to me.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Home

 

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Character Archetypes

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If you were pegged as a character archetype, which one would you be?

I always enjoyed seeing these kinds of charts, trying to root what’s the basic motivation of a character beneath all of the ridiculous scenarios and situations they find themselves in. Do you actively think about your characters’ archetypes when you create them? Are you able to trace back your character’s main motivation to one of the basic archetypes? Which archetype is your favorite, or which do you tend to write the most of?

If I had to pick one from each quarter, if you will, my favorites would be the Jester, the Outlaw, the Explorer, and the Creator. What about you?

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Home

 

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“Have a Prompt!” Saturday #93

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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Prompts

 

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Side Characters

If you were introduced in a book, have you ever wondered what kind of character you would be?

If you weren’t the main protagonist, what would be your role? Would you be part of the protagonist’s squad, going with him/her/them to face the villain? Would you be one of the villain’s minions?

Or would you be a random side or background character? Perhaps you’d give the protagonist directions, teach him/her/them how to fight or how to navigate the land. Maybe you’d give some sage advice, or maybe you would just be the person yelling at them to get off your lawn.

Rachel and I did a similar post like this on our Double Jump blog, and I was curious as to how it would extend to book characters. Would your book-self be named? Would you show up in later chapters, or just have a one-time appearance and serve your purpose?

Obviously, everyone is the author to his/her/their own story… but have you ever thought about how much you help other people in their stories?

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Home

 

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