On Becoming a Professional Amateur: Characters, Their Care and Feeding
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In every work of fiction, characters assume different levels of importance. There are vital, primary characters (the protagonist, the antagonist), secondary characters (companions, love interests, foils), and (to use film terminology) bit players, walk-ons, and extras. One way we signal … Continue reading

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Making Word(s) Count #5: Reactions and Scale or “I’m Hit!” she said lightly.

Among the many manuscripts I’ve critiqued or edited, I occasionally encounter writers who have a problem with scale. I do not mean that their prose contains too many minerals and leaves a residue on the page (well, okay, maybe that’s … Continue reading

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