For my new series on developing characters using personality profiling, I thought it would make sense to bust out the big guns first. Namely, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. If you're somehow not familiar with this, it's the one where people are categorized into one of sixteen personality types, labeled with sets of four letters. Basically, … Continue reading Myers-Briggs: Break Out the Big Guns.
Yet again, I am about to post a quote from a visual artist, because I think it's relevant to the writing life. We are who we are as artists because of what we paint and how we paint it, but we are also defined by our limitations. It matters what we want to make and … Continue reading Defined by Limitations.
My post is dreadfully late today, sorry about that... That'll teach me to leave my research until the last minute, won't it? Anyhow, today I thought it would be fun to talk about one way to build a character. I don't know about all of you, but I'm a huge fan of books with strong … Continue reading Profile Your Characters.
Maybe I'm just completely nerding out today, and what I have to share will interest nobody but myself; and yet... I just have to post this. It's a documentary by Stephen Fry where he and others replicate Gutenberg's original printing press, make paper and lead type by hand, and re-create a page of the Bible … Continue reading Fry + Gutenberg = ❤
First off, my apologies for not posting on Tuesday. I'm housesitting for some point friends this week and it's got me thrown off schedule. Second, this will be a short post, since I'm typing on my ancient phone. All I really want to say is this: Don't be afraid to write stuff that sounds weird. … Continue reading Let the Weirdness Out.
I have yet another unexpected post for you, which incidentally means that I can still save last weeks planned post for a rainy day. (What am I talking about, I live in the Pacific Northwest; it's always raining...) Double huzzah. Today when I opened my emails, I saw a message from the contest that I … Continue reading Unexpected Bubbly Feelings.
Scrolling through the International Women's day hashtag has me, as a woman, slightly confused. I'm not sure whether to feel empowered or slightly disgusted. While many amazing women are being celebrated, I'm seeing just as many posts that are using the topic as yet another excuse to over-sexualize women, or to post vague "rah-rah" messages … Continue reading Sarah Josepha Hale, a Woman.
I had a nice blog post all planned out for today, but then I went on Twitter, and realized that IT'S WORLD BOOK DAY! Well, I thought to myself, what a lovely thing to celebrate. Maybe I'd better write something focused on books, instead of the thing I had originally planned. So I'm winging it, … Continue reading Explore Your Books.
Happy First of March, everybody! How was your Leap Day? Mine was tedious, but I got plenty of little nasty things accomplished, so I feel much lighter. Now, last month I shared Adam Young's latest project with you: an imaginary film score once a month for historic events. February's score was inspired by the Apollo … Continue reading Music for Beautiful Tragedies.