On Writing

The Dead or Absent Mothers of Literature

I saw a blog opening up the floor to celebrate great motherly characters in literature for Mother's Day. I scanned my shelves for a bit, because the only one that was jumping to my mind was Mrs. Weasley. I tried to think of books not on my shelves, and still wasn't coming up with much.… Continue reading The Dead or Absent Mothers of Literature

On Writing

Why Do Your Characters Do What They Do? — (Developing Motivations that Thicken the Plot and Deepen Your Characters)

I’d like to continue my ramblings on stakes and characterization. This time focused on your character’s wants, or their motivations for what they are doing. It can be real easy to just sort of let things happen to your characters, or let them just do stuff. I tend to think of action that occurs before… Continue reading Why Do Your Characters Do What They Do? — (Developing Motivations that Thicken the Plot and Deepen Your Characters)

On Writing

Complex Baddies (Raising Your Villain’s Stakes)

A couple days ago, I wrote a post about Raising Stakes in your story. I’d like to talk a little more specifically about the way this affects your characterization and relationships between characters, in particular today we will talk about villains. Earlier on in my writing, I didn’t think specifically about this. I would sometimes… Continue reading Complex Baddies (Raising Your Villain’s Stakes)