Writer’s Craft #16 – Making a Statement

Making a statement through your characters Do you express your values through your characters? Author Justine Graykin gives us her take on the question, below, as this week’s guest writer. Please share your thoughts about the question, with or without examples from your writing. (lynda) by Justine Graykin The protagonist reflects, the antagonist rants. The…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #16 – Making a Statement

Writer’s Craft #15 – Un?conventional

Working on the first draft of Part 10: Unholy Science, of my Okal Rel saga, I find myself confronting my teenage self over characterization of a female protagonist. When I was in high school it was unconventional for women in SF to be the heavy hitters. Lt. Uhura being a bridge officer in the original…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #15 – Un?conventional

Writer’s Craft #14 – Character X, Character Y

A friend, named Kathleen Stewart, told me that my characters stand out because of their strong responses to each other. She was reading The Courtesan Prince, Part I of the Okal Rel Saga. This got me thinking about how SF, in particular, often portrays larger-than-life characters with traits that are easy to recognize. Bujold’s Miles…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #14 – Character X, Character Y

Writer’s Craft #4 – Distinct Voices

Kari Terhark writes: “My biggest problem right now is character development, or, how to keep the characters from all sounding the same.” A great challenge for any writer. Hope my examples below inspire you to comment with your own! Well-established characters are easiest. It isn’t hard to spot the terribly-nice Amel in the following exchange…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #4 – Distinct Voices