Category Archives: Characters

Creating Effective Characters by Hal Bodner

Hal Bodner is one of the funniest and most delightful authors I’ve had the privilege of working with for a guest post on helluo librorum. (And I might add, a most patient and sweet soul.) Hal is a fascinating and accomplished … Continue reading

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pacing and dialogue and research, oh my!

This week I am thrilled to have a guest post by the talented Lisa Mannetti. Lisa’s debut novel, The Gentling Box, won the 2008 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement In a First Novel. A second edition of The Gentling Box is currently … Continue reading

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building the story (or layering the onion)

I made a post on my Facebook page recently about how much fun it is to begin a novel with nothing more than a character’s name and face, then build a story around the character. My blogging friend, David Felker, commented … Continue reading

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writing your way into a character

Originally, An Autumn Tale was conceived to be a young adult fantasy, and it was supposed to be Peter’s story. Yet I was having a terrible time seeing the story through Peter’s eyes. My writing instructor suggested writing several scenes … Continue reading

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research and characterization

[tweetmeme source=”teresafrohock” alias=”http://wp.me/pr3QO-Bx” only_single=false] A Monday re-do. I don’t usually re-hash old posts, but this past weekend I was out of town in addition to experiencing a head cold, so needless to say, I didn’t have the time to write … Continue reading

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making your characters active, even when they’re not

Erica Hayes is one of those magical authors who is generous with her time. I’ve been reading her informative posts on other blogs and was absolutely delighted when she accepted my invitation to write a guest post for helluo librorum. … Continue reading

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scary women

[tweetmeme source=”teresafrohock” alias=”http://wp.me/pr3QO-w8″ only_single=false] Before you read a word I have to say on the subject, you first must go here and read Gillian Flynn’s article For Readers I Was Not a Nice Little Girl… (from Powell’s). Scary women. Ms. … Continue reading

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unlikable characters

[tweetmeme source=”teresafrohock” alias=”http://wp.me/pr3QO-tg” only_single=false] Last week someone made an interesting comment in their critique of my chapter nine. The individual said she didn’t find one of my main characters, Rachael, very likable or sympathetic. She didn’t like Rachael as much … Continue reading

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multiple protagonists, or you’re not Tolkien

I’ve noticed many aspiring fantasy writers on various blogs discussing their multiple protagonists. Of course, the word count on these rather prodigious works often exceeds the 120,000 mark, because the writer feels the need to elaborate on each protagonist. Whenever … Continue reading

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point of view – a primer

Next week, Lisa Mannetti is going to talk with us about point of view. I’ve had a request for a brief lesson in point of view (often abbreviated as POV), so I’m going to give you a definition of point … Continue reading

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