2 Simple, Awesome Pieces of Characterization Advice

By Kelly Robson

I’ll always be grateful to Steven Barnes. At Orycon 2012, he passed on advice that made a huge difference to my writing. Steven said, when we get a story idea, we usually know either the character or the problem. To develop the story, we can ask ourselves the following questions:

  1. If we know the character, ask, “What is the worst thing that can happen to this character—and better yet, how can they do it to themselves?”

  2. If we know the problem, ask, “Who is the worst person to give this problem to?”

And from Kelly Robson herself:

A character should either know who they are or what they’re doing.

Read the full article at Clarkesworld.

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Why Do Elves Have Pointed Ears?

By Morgan Daimler It’s generally assumed in Western culture today that elves, and more widely many types of fairies, have pointed ears and the image has become so ingrained in popular culture as to be a trope. Yet why do we picture elves and fairies with pointed ears, when most descriptions from European folklore^ emphasize […]

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Book Trailer: The Widow’s Gambit (Wyrd West Chronicles #6)

Releasing my book trailer for the final installment of the Wyrd West Chronicles for the first year! This turned out to be a long one: unedited, it’s 45,000 words! Wyrd West publication will resume in 2019. This year, I’ll still be producing the print collection, and I’ll still be putting out the audiobook (or perhaps books; we’ll have to see what works best.) In the meantime, The Widow’s Gambit is available for pre-order NOW at this link, and it will be release February 2 (Imbolc)!

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‘Game of Thrones’ Climate Simulator Explains Crazy Weather of Westeros

By Doris Elin Salazar If you’ve ever wondered what kind of weather Jon Snow faces as he fights against White Walkers in the hit television fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” the conditions are about the same as they are in Fairbanks, Alaska, according to a new climate simulation of the fictitious realm. Plus, dragons scorching up Westeros […]

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