Do Fictional Characters Evolve or Is It the Writer?

Here are some very good thoughts on the evolution of written characters. Who is changing along the way….the character or the writer? This is a valid question to consider. James J. Murray at Prescription for Murder gives us some things to think about for character development in our stories. Enjoy.

Take care,
Linda Williams Stirling

Prescription For Murder

MH900448464 When developing a fictional character, there are several methods that writers can use. The first thing that usually happens, however, is that writers picture a person in their minds and that first impression of a character often sticks with them throughout the story.

But this first impression is a one-dimensional view. It’s the equivalent of a cardboard cutout of a cartoon character. Layers of personality and history must be added to a character, even before starting to write the story, in order to properly develop how the character acts and moves within the written scenes.

In general, there are five aspects of a character, besides appearance, that a writer must think about before introducing a major character into a storyline.

The first is to consider personal details of the character. These include the finer aspects of the character’s appearance. The writer might imagine an older man as a protagonist…

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Inspiration For Writers

Some excellent inspiring quotes. Although geared towards writers, they apply to many life situations. I have to say, the one from Christopher Reeve still chokes me up a little. He will always be a “Superman” to me. If you’ve never read his autobiography “Still Me,” give it a try. Talk about inspiring….and heartbreaking. For today, enjoy these great quotes put together by Jennifer Owenby at Jen’s Thoughts.
Take Care,
Linda Williams Stirling

Jens Thoughts

soarI wanted to share some uplifting words for you today:

“I’ve got a folder full of rejection slips that I keep. Know why? Because those same editors are now calling my agent hoping I’ll write a book or novella for them. Things change. A rejection slip today might mean a frantic call to your agent in six months.”

MaryJanice Davidson

“Believe in yourself and in your own voice, because there will be
times in this business when you will be the only one who does. Take
heart from the knowledge that an author with a strong voice will
often have trouble at the start of his or her career because strong,
distinctive voices sometimes make editors nervous. But in the end,
only the strong survive.”

Jayne Ann Krentz

“This is for writers yet to be published who think the uphill climb will never end. Keep believing. This is…

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Check Out The Next Blog From The Hop!

why i write

Hi there! A friendly reminder to take the next Hop on our Blog tour. I shared my writing process 0n Monday, February 17,  here, and the Monday before Joseph D. Stirling shared his process at JDSFiction.

Also, on Monday, February 24, Bianca at B.G.Bowers and Carrie Wilson at Magic and Marvels answered their four questions about their own writing processes. Today, Monday, March 10, go on over to visit with Diane Kratz at Profiles of Murder. I guarantee there will be some interesting reading ahead!

Take care,

Linda Williams Stirling

Is ME fatal? A different perspective.

If you or a loved one has ever been touched by a life-threatening illness, you understand the fear, the grief, the hope, and finally the acceptance that goes along with it. But what if you had a disease that doctors and studies and articles claimed was NOT life-threatening, and yet you are dying from it? The truth is, ME ( Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), often referred to by the innocuous name of CFS, is very hard on the body and many people do die from it. We need more and better research, plus actual treatments, not denial. This blog post, from a woman I greatly respect, provides an honest look at this issue. She can speak with authority on the subject as she is a woman with end-stage ME. We need to pay attention.
Thank you and Take Care,
Linda Williams Stirling

Documenting M.E.

As someone currently receiving hospice care due solely to the effects of ME, it irks me when people claim ME is not a fatal disease. Many, many ME-related deaths have shown that, at the very least, this disease can be fatal. I’ve seen people throw around a statistic which claims the death rate for this disease is 3%. What they don’t realize is most ME experts agree this number is grossly underestimated. Let me explain why.

ME is most similar in nature to another neurological illness, Multiple Sclerosis. Like MS, most ME experts agree there are certain subtypes which exist within the same illness name. The most commonly suggested categories (and those I personally see) are stable (illness remains the same or improves slightly with careful energy planning), relapsing/remitting (illness cycles through better and worse phases), and progressive/deteriorating (illness consistently deteriorates over time, regardless of planning and treatment). Of these…

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