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Psychopaths in Fiction

by Jeannie Campbell, LMFT Colloquially, people use the term psychopath (pronounced sigh-COP-ah-thee) to indicate that someone is “crazy,” but this would be a gross overstatement. I’ve got family members who are crazy, but are not remotely psychopaths. In the psychological … Continue reading

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Therapists in Fiction

by Jeannie Campbell, LMFT I like to think that any professional, not just therapists, would laugh at their fictional counterparts. I assure you that Drs. Frasier Crane and Hannibal Lecter are hardly representative of the majority of us. No, authors … Continue reading

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Motivation-the Foundation of Compelling Characters

By Ane Mulligan For those who have read Debra Dixon’s book GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict, I have come to the conclusion that Motivation is the most important. Motivation engages us. We can relate to character motivations. They form the … Continue reading

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Who’s In Charge?

by Maureen Lang I like walking our dog for exercise, so I set a fast pace. But if my dog were in charge, we’d stop at every “interesting” scent and visit every dog we pass by. And if a bunny … Continue reading

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Exploring the Passion for Your Novel

by DiAnn Mills When I wrote The Chase, the first book in the Crime Scene: Houston series, I thought I’d never have that much passion for a story again. But I was wrong. The Survivor brought just as many tears, … Continue reading

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Is There an Exception to Every Rule?

by Donna L. Rich There are many details one can miss when engulfed in pride of accomplishment. For instance, I’m published in contemporary, my most recent of which, Love for the Right Reasons, will be out in March from Heartsong. … Continue reading

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The Question of Character

by Christine Sunderland In this week in which we celebrate our American Presidents, the question of character seems particularly relevant. How do we develop characters in fiction? How do we develop character in our children? What is, exactly character? Of … Continue reading

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Casting Notes For Character Auditions

A Novel Writing Exercise by Janet Chester Bly My husband, Steve, dictated these sketchy notes to me in the hospital on May 21st, 2011, concerning his novel, “Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot”. He passed away a few weeks later . . … Continue reading

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