Category Archives: Writing: Characterization

My Thoughts on What Makes a Novel

As part of a larger interview about The Unexpected Traveler, I muse on what makes a novel.

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The Unexpected Traveler: Characterization

Author Dave Casler discusses characterization, using his new novel The Unexpected Traveler as a point in hand. Enjoy this “behind the scenes” look at how the story came together. The book is available on Kindle at this link, and you … Continue reading

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Delightful Workshop at Platte Valley HS

My last post has my general recommendations for the students at the workshop based on my review of their work. Well, Saturday I got to meet the students firsthand. My workshop was about creating characters. I showed the kids pictures … Continue reading

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Describing an Event

How do you like to describe events in your novel? By event I mean something that happens to further the plot. Let’s take an example. Your outline (you do have an outline, don’t you?) says that Jack, Mary, and Jane … Continue reading

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Whence Conflict?

In previous posts, I’ve talked about a necessary ingredient in your novel (indeed, in all fiction): conflict. So what should the conflict be? Sometimes it’s obvious, for example your novel on star-crossed lovers. Other times it may not be. When … Continue reading

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My Scene isn’t Working!

You’ve honed your characters and written their bios and let their backstories consume your daydreams. The conflict is palpable. The plot is moving forward. But you’ve rewritten your scene to the point of wearing out your keyboard, and it still … Continue reading

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Creating Characters

Chief Inspector Preston (a major character in Broom 3, to be released in early 2009) has a degree in criminology from Leeds City College. But that fact is never mentioned in the book. So how do I know it? The … Continue reading

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