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    Psychology of Creating Characters: Part 2

    Part 2 of Psychology of Creating Characters by Laurie Schnebly Campbell written for RWA on Jun 02, 2001. Priorities Another way of analyzing characters for potential conflict is the matter of priorities. Everyone has individual priorities in addition to universal things like “family, job, and world peace.” These personal priorities influence every decision they make, and there are only four to choose from:  Excellence; Comfort; Pleasing; and Control. (To find yours, take the quiz on Laurie Schnebly Campbell”s website: http://www.booklaurie.com/workshops_psych3.php). People usually have one of these on top, with the others ranked in varying order below, but sometimes two priorities can be equally weighted. This choice of priorities is never a conscious one. It’s something…

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    Psychology of Creating Characters: Part 1

    Miss Scarlett is always digging for articles to help her writing friends, and she came across this one by Laurie Schnebly written for RWA on Jun 02, 2001. The original article is quite long, so she picked out excerpts and divided it into parts. Professional counselors and psychiatrists have devised categories into which the different types of people in our culture can be classified. Learning more about these categories can help you write realistic characters engineered to make sparks fly. We all dream of creating the perfect hero. And giving him the perfect heroine. In fact, our hero and heroine are going to be the best, most wonderful, most courageous, most gorgeous,…

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    Redundancies

    You know it’s important to write tight, but most people use redundancies in their written and spoken words every day. Can you find the twenty-five redundancies in the three paragraphs below? The blood in Dave’s veins turned to frozen ice.  He dropped down to his belly on blades of green colored grass. Screams completely engulfed him. Several of the party’s invited guest stumbled pass him at the unexpected surprise of the armed gunman’s appearance. Dave glanced at the expensive wristwatch his lover had given him as a fee gift. She’d told him to meet her here at three p.m. in the afternoon, but he didn’t think she knew her husband…