Characterization, Part I: Blue hair and cowboy boots

There was a time when blue hair was the signature of many women in my hometown. Their hairdressers (the term “hair stylist” was not yet au courant) used a special rinse on graying hair – the rinse neutralized the yellow tones of gray hair, but left a definite blue or violet tinge behind. If you(…)


Friday’s Itty Bitties — #16

Mae West knew a thing or two about characters and characterization. She said, “It isn’t what I do, but how I do it. It isn’t what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it.” I believe she was talking about attitude. To reveal the essence of a character,(…)


Today’s Review: The Breakout Novel Intensive Week

Hood River, Oregon is a cool little town on the banks of the Columbia River, just an hour east of Portland. It’s home to wind surfers, skiers, snowboarders, and mountain bikers. It was also the home, for a week at the end of March, to 32 fiction writers who joined Donald Maass and Lorin Oberweger(…)


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