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“have you heard how she talks? she’s a real character”

One of the challenges in creating characters for stories is developing a “voice” (or way of speaking) for each of them.  In real life, people don’t all sound the same, and neither should well-crafted characters: they ought to be distinctive, … Continue reading

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harry potter, katniss, and frodo: what makes a hero?

(h/t Patrick Eibel) Check out this cool animated video from TED-ed on the “Hero’s Journey.”  Based on Professor Joseph Campbell’s research of the “monomyth,” the video describes how many heroes in literature–including Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and Frodo Baggins–go through … Continue reading

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“empire” or “awakens”–which is the best?

Some have said on this blog that The Force Awakens is the best Star Wars movie yet, but some readers objected, holding up The Empire Strikes Back as still being superior. I agree that Empire is an excellent movie, and before … Continue reading

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when the world was young: star wars

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days   In the previous installment of this series, I discussed a number of sci-fi movies from the 1970’s that have influenced and continue to influence my writing.  The greatest … Continue reading

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