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


Page: 204

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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 ... If someone tells you how sorry he is for hurting your feelings and he has a ...

Author: Rachel Ballon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599633701

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 850


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

You might think it a bad idea to take anything that limits your abilities in ... don't increase the chances of your character getting hurt too dramatically.

Author: Adam Griffith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047004361X

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 410

View: 253


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

All great characters need flaws, and your main character is no different. ... Who is your main character hurting, simply by virtue of this flaw?

Author: Denise Jaden

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608682546

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

View: 288


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

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.

Author: At Hand Worx


ISBN: 9781105314278



View: 508


Moviemind For Screenwriters

You would want this scene as close to the FADE IN as you can get without hurting your story or characters . This could be your first scene .

Author: William Ronald Craig

Publisher: On the Flats Pub

ISBN: 0972080228

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

View: 182


Written by a screenwriting teacher, this step-by-step plan for creating a commercial screenplay in four months includes three chapters on format, advance storytelling tips and tricks, strategies to get the work done, innovative marketing advice, and more.

Writing for the Green Light

If a character is lonely or hurting, a great deal of spec scripts will contain long passages with that character explaining their thoughts or feelings.

Author: Scott Kirkpatrick

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317704201

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 415


Tailor your screenplay to sell. Find out what Hollywood script readers, producers, and studio executives want in a screenplay (and why) from someone who’s been there. Discover what it takes to begin a lasting career as a screenwriter. Peppered with interviews from established professionals, Writing for the Green Light: How to Make Your Script the One Hollywood Notices gives you a sharp competitive edge by showcasing dozens of everyday events that go on at the studios but are rarely if ever discussed in most screenwriting books. With his behind-the-scenes perspective, Scott Kirkpatrick shows you why the system works the way it does and how you can use its unwritten rules to your advantage. He answers such questions as: Who actually reads your script? How do you pique the interest of studios and decision makers? What do agents, producers, and production companies need in a script? How much is a script worth? What are the best genres for new writers and why? What are real steps you can take to ‘break in’ to television writing? How do you best present or pitch a project without looking desparate? How do you negotiate a contract without an agent? How do you exude confidence and seal your first deal? These and other insights are sure to give you and your screenplay a leg-up for success in this competitive landscape!

The Compass of Character

Creating Complex Motivation for Compelling Characters in Fiction, Film, ... [A]nd the hurt in your heart turns to bitterness, freedom turns to vengeance, ...

Author: David Corbett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593188415

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 504


Just as a compass provides direction for an explorer, so does motivation provide direction for characters in fiction. The "compass" of character motivation is composed of four points: Lack, Yearning, Resistance, and Desire. In The Compass of Character you'll learn to deeply consider the key question "What does my character want?" and learn techniques to answer that question by writing realistic and empathetic characters without falling into formulaic, unsatisfying results that only diminish the character. Bestselling author and acclaimed writing instructor David Corbett provides writers with the essentials for building characters with motivations that range from clear to complex by exploring topics such as: • human yearning • pathological maneuvers • the pain of life vs. the promise of life • backstory and behavior • mechanics of growth and transformation • dramatizing mistaken desire and misbegotten yearnings • moral arguments The key to fascinating characters is rendering subtle inner states in straightforward external circumstances, which requires a fundamental understanding of the simple building blocks of complex motivation as they manifest themselves in behavior, where complexity of purpose collides with the messy, indifferent world. The Compass of Character is the one book that can guide writers to that end with both instruction and inspiration.

When Loving Him Is Hurting You

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde My intent is not to quibble over whether your man is a bona ... The novel contains striking contrasts in characters, but there is a ...

Author: David Hawkins

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 9780736969819

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 721


It's Okay to Have Needs of Your Own You fell in love with him. But over time you've come to realize he's in love with himself—and you feel trapped. His needs, his problems, and his plans always seem to take precedence over yours. Dr. David Hawkins, director of the Marriage Recovery Center, offers a guide to help you identify signs of narcissism, understand how your loved one's issues are affecting you, and prepare a biblical game plan for freeing yourself to live courageously in light of God's love. Whether the man in your life can be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), exhibits narcissistic traits and emotionally abusive behavior, or has arrogant and self-centered tendencies, the emotional pain he causes you is very real. Discover the truths, wisdom, and grace you need to spark change in your relationship, set boundaries, and experience healing.

Creating Characters

He'll keep his opinions to himself if he thinks they'll conflict with someone else's. ... During a disagreement, he's not afraid of hurting your feelings or ...

Author: Howard Lauther

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786486564

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 140


A frequent problem area for fiction writers is characterization. If writers jump headlong into a story with only a fuzzy notion about the people who are in it, the result is a collection of characters who are cliched, stereotypical and not very interesting. Creating Characters is an easy to use reference work that looks at character development from many different angles. The book does not tell writers how to write. Instead, it generates a thought process by asking crucial questions about characters' internal and external traits, wants, needs, likes, dislikes, fears, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, habits and backgrounds. Following these questions, the writer will find an ever deeper and wider array of options. Thus, Creating Characters helps writers delve as deeply into a character's psychology as they want. All characters, and the stories they people, can be made richer and more compelling.

366 Ways to Know Your Character

Was it to avoid hurting feelings or to avoid confrontation? November 20 What is your characters feeling toward the police? Does she believe they are there ...

Author: Rachelle Ayala

Publisher: Rachelle Ayala


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 108

View: 345


Have you ever wanted ... •To create unforgettable characters? The kind readers talk about well after the book is finished? •Your characters to jump off the page and tell you what they like and dislike? •To make your characters multi-dimensional, complicated, deeper, and larger than life? •Create compelling quirks, flaws, and internal conflicts to differentiate your characters? •To keep your story from being predictable by having your character surprise you and your reader? •To hear readers tell you they walked with your characters, lived, loved, and felt every emotion your character experienced? •To have an ongoing relationship with your characters so you can keep them consistent if writing a series? 366 Ways to Know Your Character is the right workbook for you. Whether you’re developing your character before writing, or working it out as you’re writing, answering the daily questions can stimulate your characters to surprise and shock you as well as take your story in directions you might not have expected. Each question is designed to draw you deeper into your character’s psyche. It doesn’t matter whether the answer jumps out at you or that you must painfully dig it out. Either way, you will win new insights into your characters until they feel and act like real people. Answer the daily questions and revolutionize your writing with living, breathing characters you and your readers will remember long after the dust settles on "The End." Use this book with the companion Romance In A Month: Guide to Writing a Romance in 30 Days. --- Other Writing Books by Rachelle Ayala - Dangerous Love: Writing Romantic Suspense - Writing Asian Romance Characters - Love Stories: Writing a Romance Novella - Romance In A Month

Orca Soundings Resource Guide

Characters • The adult characters in this novel actin ways that both hurt and help Kelly, and for the most part Kelly had no control over her situation.

Author: Susan Geye

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

ISBN: 1554693888

Category: Education

Page: 242

View: 616


New Resource Guides available for Hi/Low fiction from Orca Book Publishers. Orca Soundings are teen novels for reluctant readers. Orca Currents are middle-school novels for reluctant readers. Written at a grade 2.0 to grade 4.5 reading level, these compelling contemporary novels have proven incredibly popular with teachers and librarians looking for material that will engage their most reluctant of readers. Orca has always provided professionally written teachers guides to accompany these books. Now we offer a complete resource guide to enable classroom integration of these popular titles. Including sections on reading levels, book discussion groups, literacy circles, assessment and follow-up activities, this resource guide enables a teacher to implement the Orca Soundings and Orca Currents series as part of a comprehensive independent reading and literacy unit.

Write with the Clarity of a Photo

By not staying true to your characters, you run the risk of confusing your readers and hurting your story. When writing your dialogue, it's important to ...

Author: Paul Anthony Mills

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781796060003

Category: Self-Help

Page: 162

View: 993


Have you ever heard someone say, I liked the movie, but the book was better? They probably said it because, what must be depicted in under 2 hours on the big screen, can be gradually and methodically delivered over hundreds of pages, adequately capturing the very essence the author intended. Have you ever heard the phrase, a picture is worth a thousand words? Simply put, a single picture can convey in an instant, the equivalent of a thousand words written down. On your quest to create your first novel, you not only need to be able to capture the essence of a movie whilst depicting your story to a depth a movie is unable to realize, you must also be able to illustrate each scene of your story to a degree where your readers can visualize those scenes as if they were staring at a series of pictures. Hence the title of this 3rd and final book in my series titled, Write with the Clarity of a Photo. And apart from the obvious ingredients that go into the creation of a novel, like, plot, characters, setting, conflict and ending, your novel cannot be complete without 3 other equally important facets, theme, narration, and dialogue.

Disney Made Easy The Essential Guide to Walt Disney World Resort

Characters try not to move their feet much during interactions with children to keep from accidentally hurting your child. Keep a close eye out and be ...

Author: J.M. Sparks

Publisher: VIP Tour Books


Category: Travel

Page: 495

View: 422


(Updated 8/15/2021!) Walt Disney World is more than its four amazing theme parks and two water parks. It goes far beyond the hundreds of restaurants and themed hotels. Learn valuable, time-saving secrets that show you how to travel like a VIP in this comprehensive tour guide, written by Orlando locals and Disney insiders. Here is just a portion of what we share: * Temporary changes for Covid-19; * Over 50 freebies you can take advantage of around Disney World; * Special activities outside of the parks; * Complete instructions on using FastPass+ so that you don't waste time in hot lines; * How to get extra hours in the parks; * How to save money on food; * The best hotel value for your size of family; * Where to dine with your favorite characters; * How to get the most of your character meet-and-greet experience; * Romance in the parks; * What you will find inside Florida’s newest “town,” Disney Springs, Walt Disney World’s downtown shopping center with food and entertainment; * Information on behind-the-scene tours and special events; * How to avoid crowds; * What months and days to visit; and * What to wear to ensure your comfort during any season

When Your Past Is Hurting Your Present

Likewise, when you're captivated by an intriguing novel, in your mind's eye you can envision the plot, scenery, and characters as you read.

Author: Sue Augustine

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 9780736936828


Page: 288

View: 788


Bestselling author Sue Augustine leads the reader along a clear, manageable path to reconciliation with a painful past. Relying on biblical principles and using her own heart-rending story, she points the way to a future full of hope. With compassion and empathy--and plenty of "telling-on-herself" humor--she shows readers how to... Identify, release, and change how they respond to the past Overcome the "victim" mentality Set goals for the future with passion and purpose Fears will be conquered and dreams renewed for those seeking to cut loose the baggage of the long ago. A must-read for anyone struggling with a difficult past that is harming their present and crippling their future.

Sermons for Servants

up sure in hearing evil of their neighbours . ... your employers , your fellow servants , or neighbours : injuring them , and hurting your own characters .

Author: William Downes Willis


ISBN: OXFORD:600011605

Category: Sermons, English

Page: 12

View: 822


The Walking Dead 87

Mr. Kirkman, I'm not commenting on issue #85, I'm commenting on your ... Anyone can write something cruel and hurt a character, but what does it mean?

Author: Robert Kirkman

Publisher: Image Comics


Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 29

View: 683


We learn to carry on without them.

Cast of Characters Lost and Found

But you are hurting. And all you have to offer him is your hurt. Maybe that has kept you from coming to God. Oh, you've taken a step or two in his direction ...

Author: Max Lucado

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9780849964015

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 256


Common people. Maybe you heard their names in a childhood Sunday school class. They're not often the champions or the go-to sermon illustrations. They probably didn't stand at the foot of the cross or even hang next to Jesus on one of their own. But they pepper the pages of the Bible, reminding us that we're not alone. Just like you and me, these ordinary people stumbled and struggled. They faced their own sin and came face to face with a God who not only wipes it away, but also makes the common extraordinary. They discovered that an encounter with the living God changes everything. Dive into the lives of more than twenty of the Bible's most compelling characters through inspirational selections from the writings of bestselling author Max Lucado. An ideal companion volume to Cast of Characters, this book features a whole new cast and the encouragement from their stories.

Creating Characters

You can see how it's hurting her and how it will hurt her if left untreated. What kind of wringer do you want to put your poor character through?

Author: Writer's Digest Books

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638805

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 342

View: 978


Create characters that leap off the page--and into readers' hearts! Populating your fiction with authentic, vivid characters is a surefire way to captivate your readers from the first sentence to the last. Whether you're writing a series, novel, short story, or flash fiction, Creating Characters is an invaluable guide to bringing your fictional cast to life. This book is a comprehensive reference to every stage of character development. You'll find timely advice and helpful instruction from best-selling authors like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Orson Scott Card, Chuck Wendig, Hallie Ephron, Donald Maass, and James Scott Bell. They'll show you how to: • Effectively introduce your characters • Build a believable protagonist • Develop strong anti-heroes and compelling villains • Juggle multiple points of view without missing a beat • Craft authentic dialogue that propels the story forward • Motivate your characters with powerful objectives and a believable conflict • Show dynamic character development over the course of a story No matter what your genre, Creating Characters gives you the tools necessary to create realistic, fascinating characters that your readers will root for and remember long after they've finished the story.