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Character Creation: The Etymology of Choosing Names

Names are one of the most important aspects to creating characters, because how can you write a story about someone if you don’t even know what to call them? Sometimes, like with my current work in progress, names just come to you based on what you know about your cast. When I started writing Work… Continue reading Character Creation: The Etymology of Choosing Names

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Character Development: Wants/Needs and Portraits

Welcome back to Claerie’s Tales and the third part of my Character Development series. If you haven’t read parts one and two, I highly recommend starting there, as in order to illustrate this topic thoroughly, I will be using the character I created last time as an example. If you have read those previous posts,… Continue reading Character Development: Wants/Needs and Portraits

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 Character Development: Emotional Wounds

Welcome back to Claerie’s Tales everyone! Today’s post is the second in my multi-part character development series, where I give you a sneak peek into my process and provide some resources that will hopefully come in handy as you develop your own. This particular topic and resource might be my favorite writing tool that I’ve… Continue reading  Character Development: Emotional Wounds

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Character Development: The Basics

Today’s blog post is the first in my character development series. I’ve talked before about how to give your characters dimension, but throughout this series, I’m going to walk you through my personal character development process from beginning to end. I’ve discussed one of my favorite tools, The 100 Most Important Things to Know About… Continue reading Character Development: The Basics

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Character Development: Part 2

Last week, I discussed  this TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,  and how I thought her observations about a “single story,” were of importance to the writing community if we want to keep our characters from seeming one-dimensional. Everyone has a story to tell, even the people we make up. My favorite way to find… Continue reading Character Development: Part 2

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Character Development: Part 1

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”- Dr. Seuss Last night, I watched this TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Danger of a Single Story.”  In her presentation, Adichie discussed the influences of what we read, hear, experience, and see, both in our everyday lives as well as in the media, on our… Continue reading Character Development: Part 1

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Claerie’s Golden Writing Rules Part 1: Give Your Characters Dimension

Evil isn't born, it's made; and so is good. -Regina Mills, Once Upon A Time This has been one of my favorite quotes since the beginning of the first season of ABC's hit series Once Upon A Time (OUAT) back in 2011. For those who are unfamiliar with show, the basic premise is that the… Continue reading Claerie’s Golden Writing Rules Part 1: Give Your Characters Dimension