I just finished reading Dorsai! by Gordan R. Dickson. This is an older military science fiction book, first published in 1959. Note: this is not a review. I will probably do one of those next week. This is just a question I had at the end of the book. In this world, people have contracts,… Continue reading Thoughts on: Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson
Me, I read the end of a book all the time. I do it randomly, sometimes to find out if a character I like will survive, things like that. So last week I was reading the second Sharing Knife book, Legacy by Lois McMaster Bujold. I read the end and then I read bits and… Continue reading A Reason Not to Read the End First
I finished reading The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley recently. It got me thinking: A lot of books have characters who kill. Maybe not easily, maybe not often, but in the course of the book, they kill sooner or later. Some do kill easily. Some of them take killing more seriously: Anita Blake, Dexter, Valyn… Continue reading K is for Kill
On Twitter I asked advice about what to do about minor, inconsistent characters. A Twitter friend said I should write down everything I know about them and that can become a reference. That sounds like a character profile to me. I haven’t created character profiles for the WiP yet. I could have, especially for the… Continue reading When do you Create Character Profiles?
Y is for yelp and other sounds characters make. Other sounds include, but are not limited to: squeal, squeak, grunt, bark, snarl, growl, hiss and whimper. One of my favorite writers, Anne Bishop, is particularly prone to making her characters snarl, growl and whimper. On rare occasions it annoys me. But other writers, ones I… Continue reading Y is for Yelp and Other Sounds Characters Make
I use X as a placeholder. His friend X, Uncle X, baby X, pet X, and event X and so on. Lots of times I don’t know what the character’s name is and I don’t have time to go searching baby name websites for a good name. So the character becomes X on the page.… Continue reading X is for X Placeholder
Some characters are unchangeable, unchanging, and in fact, have no business changing. This isn’t the normal thing that is taught in writing classing and it is not the normal writing advice given. But, months after watching the Skyfall, I have become convinced of the truth of it. I blogged about Skyfall after I saw the… Continue reading U is for Unchangeable and Unchanging Characters