Character Generation

I’ll Be Seeing You

I’ll Be Seeing You             We tend to take it for granted that our characters are going to have good vision. As it turn out, there’ good reason for this, at least as long as the character is younger than forty. According to a National Institutes of Health news release Read more…

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Growing Accustomed to Your Face

                Could you describe your character to a police sketch artist, or book cover artist well enough that he could do his job? Some writers provide the bare minimum physical description for their characters, claiming that this allows the reader to use her own imagination. If that’s your real reason, Read more…

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Birth Defects

                This is a difficult and complex subject. No doubt there were types of birth defects in history that are no longer a problem, or that are so rare that the CDC doesn’t list them. They may not have been named, and quite likely, few children born with them survived Read more…

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On The Other Hand

Is your character right-handed? Left-handed? Cross dominant (meaning that he/she uses the right hand for sometimes, and the left for others) or Ambidextrous (meaning that he/she uses either hand equally)? It turns out that the question is more interesting that might first be expected.           First, there is a genetic Read more…

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Book Review: The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow Author: Michael Connelly and Peter Giles NY: Little, Brown & Company, 2009. Hachette Audio, 2010 Rate: 4                    This is the second book in the Jack McEvoy series. The first is The Poet. I picked it up because I didn’t see anything else that caught my attention. Read more…

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Just Another New Year’s Eve

It’s just another New Year’s Eve, Another night like all the rest. It’s just another New Year’s Eve, Let’s make it the best. It’s just another New Year’s Eve, It’s just another Auld Lang Syne, But when we’re through this New Year You’ll see, will be Just fine. ( Barry Read more…

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A Writer’s Thanksgiving

It feels appropriate on this Thanksgiving Day to consider gratitude in connection with my work as a writer. If I had even one book published, people might think me justified in feeling grateful. As someone who has spent two years working on my first novel, feeling grateful might seem a Read more…

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