Writing Concepts

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #007.

The Purpose Of Writing Concepts

Every week, published in my writing magazine, The Writer’s Everything, Writing Concepts will discuss a major piece of knowledge that authors would do well to be aware of.

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Developing Your Character

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #004.

What is his age?

The age of your character can have far-reaching implications in your story. It can affect his levels of knowledge and experience, his naivety, and/or his ability to perform such functions as driving, buying tobacco, alcohol, pornography, or getting into strip clubs and mature-rated movies. In Home Alone, the fact that the main character is left by himself is significant because he is only eight years old and has little to no experience in the responsibilities of adulthood. In Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda’s wisdom is substantially greater than that of any other character, since he is well over 800 years older than they are.

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Tracing For Authors

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #004.

When it comes to writing, most people have their end goal firm in mind: sign book deals, get published, sell the rights to Hollywood, move into a mansion, live off the royalties.

Ok, that may or may not be a little exaggerated, depending on the person. Most of us who have been in the business for any amount of time know that it’s an ever more elusive goal. Even so, deep down, we all still want our writing to have the potential to make money.

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Developing Your Character

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #003.

Does he have any nicknames?

Not every character is simply known by his name or alias (established in previous issues). Some go by nicknames, which are either terms of endearment, or abbreviated forms of their original names. In the Star Wars franchise, Han, and then, by extension, everyone else, addresses his copilot as Chewie because it’s shorter and easier to say than Chewbacca. In Ready Player One, Aech refers to Parzival as Z instead of using his gamer tag whenever he wants to address him.

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Writing Definitions

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #003.

Like any career or hobby, there’s a whole world built around writing that you may just be beginning to scratch the surface of. And let’s face it, we’re not born knowing how to respond if someone on Twitter asks if the MC in your WIP finds the McGuffin, or if it was just a red herring all along. 

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Add To Your Vocabulary

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #003.

Psyche

noun

The totality of elements forming the mind.

Prognosticate

verb

To give an indication of in advance; to foretell from signs or symptoms.

Winnow 

verb

To remove by a current of air; to get rid of something undesirable or unwanted.


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If So, Why? The Ultimate Character Development Guide

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #003.

If you’ve read either of the first two issues of this magazine, you may have noticed the section with the title: “Developing Your Character.” (If you haven’t, then welcome! I’m glad you’re here.) Each week, I include a question or three which I pull out of a list of 850+ character development questions.

Originally, I intended to simply post a couple questions every week, and maybe in a year or two, I would make the entire guide available for purchase. However, I finally came to the decision that I would rather share this guide with the writing community in its entirety than piecemeal it over weeks and months and years.

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Prologues—The Kiss of Death?

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #002.

Exciting prologues can be a powerful tool.

There is a sort of stigma in the writing community, especially in certain circles, when it comes to prologues. We can postulate that the premise of this pre-plot problem is, put simply, that prologues are a bait-and-switch.

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Developing Your Character

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #002.

Why was he given his name?

While some characters’ names may be chosen for the reasons listed in last week’s issue of The Writer’s Everything, other characters’ names may actually turn out to be integral to the plot of the story itself. In Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, Ben Solo is so named because of his parents’ relationship with Ben Kenobi. In A Song of Ice and Fire, bastards receive a last name based on where they live. Jon Snow’s name indicates that he was an illegitimate child from a family in the north.

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