Tag Archives: technique

Psychology tricks for story-tellers

What is the evolutionary function of story-telling? And how can we make use of that hard-wired neurology to make our own stories more effective? Those are the questions explored (and…

Got a POV dilemma? Try the handy new POV crow.

Writer’s Conundrum #326: Choosing the POV character for a scene when the participating characters either know too much or too little.  Here’s the situation: Alice is sitting in the woods,…

The Evil Banker theory of richer character development

When we create characters, we tend to see them in terms of their function in our story. Got an evil banker? You probably know something about his history as a…

How having a heartbeat can kill your writing

In a previous article, I introduced one of the tools that I hoped would provide me with a lot of useful data about my writing practices, that I would later…

Raising squids in the fountain – a character theory

I believe it was Orson Scott Card who first taught me (in an essay that I can no longer find references for) that a good way to make a short…

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