Teaching about character traits
As we have entered the month of August, every teacher, whether she likes it or not, starts thinking about school. Some of us have dreams (or nightmares). Some of us go on a Pinterest spree. We walk through Target and ask ourselves "What do I 'need' from the dollar section?" You don't do this? Okay, maybe it's just me. Anyway, we are also thinking about what were some of our students' challenges last year, and how we will address them this year. My third and fourth graders had difficulty with…
The Character Most Writers Get Wrong (And How to Fix It) | Mandy Wallace
This personality type makes up more fictional villains than any other. Yet in real life, they're often do-gooders. Write them better with these tips.
50 Things Your Characters Can Do WHILE They Talk
The wonderful movie Warrior has a great lesson in how to write good dialogue. In one scene, a science teacher who moonlights as a fighter talks with his wife late at night while he repairs his girl…
I always have trouble thinking of jobs for my characters... which would explain why right now my protagonist is unemployed...<<< Same here! I made mine emotionally unstable just so she could remain jobless, and I ended up changing the plot.
50 THRILLER PLOT IDEAS (and Other High-Stakes Story Ideas)
This post was originally titled “50 High-Stakes Plot Ideas,” but I realized that most of these were thriller novel plot ideas. However, some of them could be used in other genres, such …
7 Unreliable Narrators to Twist Your Next Plot | Mandy Wallace
It’s an encouraging thought. There are more unreliable narrators in literature than we could discuss in a single article. That’s great news for you because your options as the all powerful creator of dastardly characters (or “writer” if you’re into being humble) just blew wide open. Here are the best of the infinite to get […]
Know Your Character Deeply in One Step: The Backdoor
So there’s this stubbornly bland character smack dab in the middle of your cast. You need him, but you can’t get into his head. Time to try the backdoor.