Character quirks

I've been listening to my first Raymond Chandler novel, The Big Sleep, and it's a lot better written and a lot less sexist than I'd expected.  What has stood out to me so far is how good he is at quickly putting a clear picture of a new character in your head. All of the …

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Personality types

I retook the Meyers Briggs test, and found that I've evolved from an INTP to an INFP over the past 7 years. Maybe people do change... Reading through all the descriptions though, made me think about my characters and what kind of personalities they are. Do you know your character well enough to take the …

The power of good description

I'm still being awed by The Crimson Petal and the White. Even though there is not much going on as far as plot or intrigue goes, the characters are more than enough to keep me interested. It's not in the way they look, or the things they say or do--they are just so well described, …

The Warrior’s Apprentice

I finished this today on audible, and though it had some fun, clever action and witty, likable characters, I never really got into it enough to care about what was happening. As mentioned in previous posts, I was at a loss for the main character's motivation. He sometimes seems to  want to impress his father …

Character motivation is kind of important

I am currently listening to The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois Mcmaster Bujold, and though it is competently written and the characters are distinct and likable, I am having a hard time getting into it . The problem is it's difficult to care about what's happening when you don't know what the characters want. The story …

STOP MAKING SCIENTISTS THE VILLAIN PLEASE

I've had it up to my frontal lobe with this bullshit. It is 20 god damn 17, we should not be afraid of knowledge and learning anymore. We should not see a person in pursuit of understanding as an automatic enemy. What is wrong with all of you writers out there? Seriously, what is your problem? …