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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?

Last week, I said that The Force Awakens was 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 TFA … Continue reading

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no spoiler: “the force awakens” is the best “star wars” yet

To say that Star Wars (by which I mean Episode IV: A New Hope) changed my life would be an understatement: as I discuss here, it set me on the course to becoming a writer of sci-fi and fantasy. So … 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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