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Give your characters emotional depth

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m back to writing fiction. My goal is to get as good as I can, and this morning this tweet caught my eye:

There were some great responses to the tweet, but even on its own it’s so true. How many times have you watched a film and felt for a character through loss, only to be startled by their instant recovery the next scene/episode?

It’s frustrating as a viewer when this happens (why am I feeling the loss longer than the character who lost someone?), and I tend to lose faith in the story and the writer. It’s not as believable. And yes, people can push through their grief or use it to propel them to do incredible things, but that’s something that needs to be shown.

Something to think about.


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Writing tips from Jean Craighead George

When I was writing my review for My Side of the Mountain (you’ll see it soon), I came across Jean Craighead George’s website.

The author’s website is still maintained, even since her death in 2012, and contains a tab along the top titled “On Writing.” It’s written more for children, I think, but still was fun to read. She gives some tips on writing (calling them “writing prods,”) and advises not to spend too much time thinking about the ending. The ending, she says, will write itself and often in a way that will be a surprise to you.

I enjoyed reading this page on writing, learning about the process of such an experienced author (she wrote more than 100 books!!) – hope you enjoy it as well.