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August Author Opportunities & Character Articles



This week we have something a little different for today's blog post though we're keeping it all about improving and encouraging authors. Remember we have various opportunities for authors to be featured such as: 


  • Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here.

  • Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author)

  • Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.


But since last Wednesday was the Ask An Author post, and we don't have a story review to post, and no one has signed up to do an Improve & Encourage Story Critique, then... what could we do? I wanted to continue to feature content for authors, and I'm all about improving writing skills. My focus is often on grammar and the stickier rules relating to line editing, but today we're going to focus on an older blog post that Lugh added way back when we first started sharing site blogs to help encourage authors to improve their craft, and I also have a few Word files for authors to to use while crafting characters to download if they want so make sure you scroll to the end of the blog post! 


There are two minds as to if a story should be plot or character driven. But, no matter which way you pick, you need to ensure that your story is crafted to its fullest potential on both elements. This week we're going to focus on characters. First up, we're going to take a look at a blog post Lugh shared in 2012 about physical descriptions for characters:



CassieQ shared some thoughts about character motivation and stereotypes: 


How about creating a villain? Renee shared her thoughts on the bad guys here. 


There are a ton of great articles like these, all about writing and editing, in the writing tips blog especially toward the back of the blog and last pages. These are just a few to whet your appetite! And, now that I hopefully have you hooked, I'm going to share a few Word files below. The first is a Blank Character Bio Sheet. You can use this to fill in your character's physical characteristics, age, birthplace, background, religion, family, habits, likes/dislikes, skills, home-life, job, fighting ability, backstory, etc... it's as comprehensive as I could make it and open enough to cover just about any genre. And, to help you fill it out, there's a character interview question file to make you think about what your character might answer if asked more abstract thoughts to help flesh out their personality and beliefs. 


Blank Character Bio Sheet.docx


Character Interview Questions.doc

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Whoa.  I didn't remember that article I wrote until I looked at it and yep...its the one about the Slinky.  :facepalm:

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