[Zetta’s Reference Desk] – The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression can help you by giving you various emotions broken down into elements that you can pick and choose what you need. Continue reading [Zetta’s Reference Desk] – The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression

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Realism in Romance. Why not?

Realism can come into the story by way of the plot itself, but even if your plot is one of the most unusual, fantastic plots every conceived, you can still insert realism into it by way of the story’s characters. We tend to criticize books and movies with unrealistic characters. Not everyone likes Mary Sue or Marty Stu, so why not provide characters with some realistic attributes? Continue reading Realism in Romance. Why not?

Who Farted? : Why Character Development is Important to Your Plot

Here’s the scenario. A man and women are alone in an elevator when the foul, sulfuric, tell-tale sign that someone has committed an olfactory offence occurs. It’s a real nose stinger so rank it melts your nasal hair. The man and woman look at each other. Who farted? It’s the ultimate whodunnit. Continue reading Who Farted? : Why Character Development is Important to Your Plot

Act Your Age! : Why the age of your character is important.

When we create a character for our story, we usually start with a typical laundry list of traits: eye color, hair color, height, weight, gender, ethnicity, occupation. We may even go so far as to detail their habits, likes, and dislikes. But when we assign the character an age, we need to think about more than just a number. Continue reading Act Your Age! : Why the age of your character is important.

“Y’alright there, mate!” – Getting Into (Foreign) Character

I’ve read various stories or excerpts written by American authors featuring British characters and/or locations. They prompted my interest because I’m now a Sistah in Scotland–that’s to say a black woman living in Scotland. As such, my observations are going to be from the slant of an American observing the British, or to be more specific, the Scottish. Continue reading “Y’alright there, mate!” – Getting Into (Foreign) Character