We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.
Stretches that improve different aspects of your body.
Let’s talk about sex, baby - Part Two
Last week, I introduced the concept of writing a sex scene. This week, I am dealing with male archetypes and patterns of sexual behaviour.
There is a table with six different kinds of characters below. They are sort-of based on the Alpha, Beta, Gamma archetypes we use in genre-romance writing. The descriptions varied so greatly that I improvised and came up with six archetypes of my own. Few well-rounded characters will be 100% like any one of the descriptions. Most likely, your character will be a combination of two or even more of these. Do not shy away from the negative archetypes. They create conflict, and opportunities for growth and change in our characters.
This is a cheat sheet for their behavioural patterns. Feel free to disagree. There is no scientific basis for these definitions. They are a fun result of observation.
by Mia Botha for Writers Write
Illuminating ideas for the histologically inclined household
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As writers, we should know more about our characters than we know about ourselves. We should know instinctively how they will react and what they will do. We need to know what they do when they see someone beating up a homeless man. Do they call the cops and keep their distance? Do they rush in fist swinging to save him? Do they walk past and pretend they don’t see it or do they make a video to post to YouTube?
We also need to know how they act and react on a sexual level.
Quotable - Mickey Spillane, born 9 March 1918, died 17 July 2006
Folk Talk: Dear Author by Shelagh Power-Chopra
A bunch of little knives to the heart- with illustrations!
If you’re looking for a plot for a first novel, I recommend revenge.
- It works in every genre.
- It helps beginner writers focus on a story goal.
- It requires an antagonist - something most beginners ignore.
If a character wants revenge it usually means that he or she is motivated to act. This is good. Reactionary characters are not interesting to readers, and they usually can’t drive a plot. It also means that something interesting has happened and that more interesting things are likely to happen. Revenge also builds a framework for a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
To make sure you have a strong enough plot to carry the weight of the story from beginning to end, you need to make sure you have these three vital elements.
- Show a character facing an imminent crisis
- Throw as much conflict and as many obstacles in his way
- Make sure there are consequences for his actions or inaction
How do you do this? Read more here.