2015 is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to start making New Year’s Resolutions. But what resolutions would your characters make? Most people pick the standard things like losing weight and exercising more, but dig deeper: if your characters could change something about themselves, what would they alter? Knowing what your characters dislike in themselves […]
There’s an old technique sometimes seen in fiction where a character looks into a mirror in order to describe his or her appearance to the reader. While this practice isn’t one I’d recommend, I do think mirrors can be used in more interesting ways.
When we look into a mirror, what we see is usually […]
Some people (and characters) are afraid to take sides: they may not like confrontation, or they may want to keep their options open and hedge their bets rather than be caught on the losing team. (An excellent example is Corporal Nobby Nobbs in Terry Pratchett’s war satire Jingo; during a battle, the generals would gauge […]
What would your characters change if they could alter history? It’s an interesting question (inspired by the card game Chrononauts rather than Doctor Who, as people who know me might have suspected). Most people have events in their lives that they wish they could go back and change, decisions and choices that they would have […]
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