Hurting Your Characters

Now, you can finally separate facts from fiction. This book explores the most common injuries writers inflict on their characters from the character's point of view using common terms and examples focusing on the writer's needs.

Author: M. J. Carlson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1545259720

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HURTING YOUR CHARACTERS: a writer's guide to describing injuries and pain from the character's point of view How does a broken rib feel? Can a character really walk on a broken ankle? What are the symptoms of asphyxiation and how long will your character remain conscious? What really happens to a character in the vacuum of space? The answers may surprise you. Many writers (thankfully) have no experience to the very wounds, injuries, and trauma they must describe from their character's perspective. The mantra, "hurt your characters to build dramatic tension," is as true today as it ever was, maybe more so. But many writers, especially beginning writers, have difficulty describing the acute physical injuries their fictional characters experience, using subjective terms. Now, you can finally separate facts from fiction. This book explores the most common injuries writers inflict on their characters from the character's point of view using common terms and examples focusing on the writer's needs. Stop searching obscure medical texts or lurking outside emergency departments to interview trauma victims. HURTING YOUR CHARACTERS discusses the immediate effect of the trauma on the body, its physiologic response, including the types of nerve fibers and the sensations they convey, and how injuries feel to the character. This book also presents a simplified overview of the expected recovery times for the injuries discussed in young, otherwise healthy individuals. Understanding the injuries they inflict on characters and realistic recuperative times for those injuries can help fiction writers establish credibility and more fully connect their readers with their characters on an emotional level.

Breathing Life Into Your Characters

important for you to plan your characters' nonverbal actions as it is your plot.
Dishonesty is ... If someone tells you how sorry he is for hurting your feelings and
he has a smile on his face, the message you're receiving is confusing. What do
you ...

Author: Rachel Ballon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599633701

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Create Convincing Characters That Readers—and Editors—Can't Resist! It's the question that eternally plagues all good writers: How can you describe the thoughts and feelings of characters who have backgrounds or psychological aberrations with which you have no personal experience? How can you describe the feelings of a drug addict if you've never been one? How can you write about being a prisoner if you've never been to jail? You can do all the research you want, but the question still remains: How do you convincingly portray characters if you've never lived in their skin? In Breathing Life Into Your Characters, writing consultant and professional psychotherapist Rachel Ballon, Ph. D., shows you how to get in touch with the thoughts and feelings necessary to truly understand your characters—no matter what their background or life experiences. She'll show you how to: • Develop a psychological profile for every character • Turn archetypes into conflicted characters • Think like a criminal to convincingly write one • Reveal personalities through the use of nonverbal communication In addition, you'll learn how to effectively use Ballon's "Method Writing" system—taught previously only in her writing workshops—to explore your own feelings, memories, and emotions to create characters of astonishing depth and complexity!

GURPS For Dummies

But it can also be quite a bit of fun, and most of the disadvantages in this section
don't really prevent you from hurting your enemies. The key is to make sure that
you don't increase the chances of your character getting hurt too dramatically.

Author: Adam Griffith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047004361X

Category: Games & Activities

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This is it—the key that unlocks the riches of GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System) and gives you a wealth of information on how to create your character and fine-tune your play. Produced in partnership with Steve Jackson Games, the game's creator, GURPS For Dummies is the ideal companion to GURPS Basic Set, 4th Edition that explains the rules. It gives you insight into the choices you’ll make in everything from creating a fun, dynamic character using the allotted number of points, to playing in an adventure, to becoming a GM. Whether you want to be an Amazon princess or a stalwart warrior, an old-fashioned swashbuckler or a modern investigator, a tough cop or a cat burglar, a sorcerer casting spells or a cosmic ranger, fighting lawlessness in the asteroids, this guide will help you: Determine your character’s basic attributes: IQ, DX (dexterity), ST (strength) and HT (health) Figure out your character’s secondary characteristics Choose advantages (including powers and perks) and disadvantages (including quirks and disadvantages with a self-control roll modifier) Optimize your points by using talents Select your skills based on functional area or the campaign setting Enhance your character with spells, magic items, magic staves, and powerstones Strategically purchase equipment for different characters, tech levels, and campaign types Create and manage a character sheet, write a character background, keep a character log, and more—all with samples Choose good combat techniques and play with your character If you want to become a GM, this guide gets you going with advice on creating the adventure, managing the character creation process, managing combat, and interpreting the rules. There’s even a handy Cheat Sheet tear-out GM screen in the front of the book. There are tips throughout, plus advice on how to: Create your very own GURPS universe for your campaign, whether it’s dungeon-crawl, high-adventure, combat-focused, puzzle-focused, or masquerade-type Provide a basic write-up of the world for your players, including technology level, supernatural and supernormal abilities and powers, races, setting, character templates, cultural and social information, and limitations Create an electronic combat grid, a battle log, a tactical map, and more—with samples Do mapping, planning, and plotting Create memorable NPC (nonplayer characters), both good guys and bad guys GURPS For Dummies helps you create more detailed, exciting, and interesting characters and take your game to the next level. That’s important whether you’re saving a princess or saving the planet...searching for hidden treasure or for secrets to eliminate disease... fighting crime or combating armies of evil robots...casting spells in medieval castles or destroying terrorist cells in modern day milieus. With GURPS, the only limitation is your imagination.

Fast Fiction

You're not waiting for the day when the kids are grown or you cut back your hours
at work or the story is fully formed from beginning to end in your mind. You're not
... Who is your main character hurting, simply by virtue of this flaw? If your main ...

Author: Denise Jaden

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608682546

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of her two published young adult novels during NaNoWriMo. In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. Her process starts with a prep period for thinking through plot, theme, characters, and setting. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirtyday drafting period. Finally, her revision tips help writers turn merely workable drafts into compelling and publishable novels. A portion of publisher proceeds will be donated to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

American Deadvolution

As your Skills and Fortes get larger, increase your Attributes. By increasing your
Attributes without the proper stats to back them up you can end up hurting your
character as much as you help them. Skills and Fortes increase your chance of ...

Author: At Hand Worx

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781105314278

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Ben Jonson s Basic Comic Characters and Other Essays

He has no humour , unless it is to wind up the members of the Humourous Group
into full manifestations of their follies . The uses to ... is achieved by Edward
Knowell : “ But did you all this , Captaine , without hurting your blade ? ” ( III . 1 .

Author: James Edwin Savage

Publisher: [Hattiesburg] : University and College Press of Mississippi

ISBN: STANFORD:36105037048753

Category: Characters and characteristics in literature

Page: 208

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DOA 2

As long as you're close to your opponent when activating the tag team attack
command (about one character's body width ... then switch partners to let your
next character dole out the punishment, and then switch back to keep hurting
your foe.

Author: Christine Cain

Publisher:

ISBN: 0761533281

Category: Games

Page: 144

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Bounce into the arena! The hottest buff and buxom characters are back for even more action in one of the most highly anticipated PlayStation2 games, DOA2: Hardcore! With all new play modes, fighting stages, and moves, you'll need DOA2: Hardcore- Prima's Official Strategy Guide to guide the way. Let Prima help you with: - Fierce moves and combo lists - In-depth coverage of all new game modes- five in all, including UPS Mode, CG Gallery, and Collection Mode - Killer tips for unlocking every secret - Thorough stats for each character- including Bayman and Tengu - Details on new PlayStation2 moves

Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell

He came to the hotel , and kindly explained the meaning of my English in more
significant French than I could translate . ... ask the price of the chambers — It is
only , ' he said , ' for fear of hurting your feelings that I don ' t offer them to you for
nothing . ... The British Consul , Mr . St . John , offered me apartments in his town -
house ; but , as it is necessary for me to maintain the character of an independent
 ...

Author: William Beattie

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89097315071

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Meanjin

Could I go into print , saying something that would seriously hurt Margaret and
would imply that I believed she had lied to me ... about hurting the feelings of your
characters — and where your lies and silences are not indicative of your failure .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015067521800

Category: Australian literature

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Film Review

And , despite his character ' s brutal metamorphosis from upstanding citizen to
self - proclaimed judge and executioner , Bacon asserts that his is , at heart , a
likeable character . " I think everyone can relate to the fear of someone hurting
your ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131538303

Category: Motion pictures

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A Thousand Gems from Dickens

in their character have , however , grown obsolete . " It ' s very much changed ...
at home ; " with some man pays for himself ; but damn hurting your money down ,
and perhaps some anticipation of self for anybody else , you know ! No man my ...

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher:

ISBN: PRNC:32101068150877

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A Cyclopedia of the Best Thoughts of Charles Dickens

in their character have , however , grown obsolete . “ It ' s very much changed
since my ... pays for himself ; but damn hurting your money down , and perhaps
some anticipation of self for anybody else , you know ! No man my expectations .

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015041903314

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Bentley s Miscellany

little lady obtained here her earliest dramatic character , that of the Page , in
Otway ' s play of “ The Orphan . ” The York circuit , when conducted by Tate ...
What ! with a poker , and without hurting your fingers ? " I ' ll try , ” replied the actor
, and ...

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433081753414

Category: Literature

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Novel Ideas

So I try to work with my characters in a way that ' s three - dimensional . That
doesn ' t mean that I agree with everything they do . That does not mean that I can
go into everybody ' s story . Think about people you have truly hurt in your life .

Author: Barbara Shoup

Publisher: Alpha Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105110153223

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

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Provides guidelines on developing and perfecting novels, and includes interviews with A. Manette Ansay, Ha Jin, Jane Smiley, and Wally Lamb who reveal their experiences, fears, the reality behind their works, and their love for writing.

Writer s Digest

Go back through your story and review every character , one at a time ,
completely through the tale . ... does not pursue his course in a reasonably
acceptable and understandable manner , then you're hurting your chances .
rodriguse 17.

Author:

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105126611842

Category: Authorship

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The Last Flapper

Characters . " Dandy shook his head to tell me he didn't understand . I went on . “
Think back to the times you were in the ... Hurting us . ' Dandy shook his head
again . " Harry never tried to hurt me . " " Harry hurts all of his characters . All of us
 ...

Author: George Zuckerman

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106002193636

Category: Authors

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Project report for Graduate Diploma of Business (Shipping)

Cool Characters with Sweaty Palms

Your brain recognizes that that hand is part of your body . Therefore , it tells the
arm to jerk away quickly before the hand gets hurt . Every Christian is a part of the
same body . To fail to tell a sinning brother that he's hurting himself — and the ...

Author: Mark R. Littleton

Publisher:

ISBN: 0896936392

Category: Bible

Page: 158

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