If you go shopping with a list and only buy what’s on it, you’re a Procedure person. If you go shopping with a vague idea of what you need, and end up buying ten additional items, a muffin and a toy for your nephew, but forget to get the milk, you’re an Options person. This […]
All-or-Nothing, black-or-white thinking is a very limited way to evaluate the world, other people and oneself. It’s an unrealistic and unforgiving attitude, and despite its clear-cut and unpretentious nature, it is a rather inadvisable personality type for a fictional character. After all, doesn’t the charm of fiction lie in the exploration of the many shades of […]
Fictional characters are human beings too, even the trolls and aliens, and they deserve to have fully rounded personalities. Yes, I know you make them up (more or less), but readers want your characters to be like real people. They want to root for them, fear for them, hate them and miss them. Your readers […]
You can zoom in or out of your story by adapting your narrative, your pacing and your focus, and by many more little gimmicks depending on the type of story you write. But regardless of genre or theme, there are specific moments when a zoom level reaches its full potential.
Life’s all about communication. You cannot not communicate. Everything you do and say is an expression of yourself, and what you communicate can help or hinder you. It’s vital that you become aware of what and how you communicate, and take control. Communication necessarily has two sides: the sender = you, and the receiver. In […]