A Dissection of Han and Leia

This is a SUPER-QUICK post for Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you), written on a whim.

I just list some cornerstones and pillars of Han and Leia’s personalities.

And I stick to the movies.

Keep in mind, these are just the things I see, which are probably incomplete. I’d love it if you added to the list in the comments.
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Writing Process Insights: Behind the Advice

Perhaps you’ve wondered what my writing process is like. Or what perspective would produce the articles I write…

I try to keep everything here on Writingeekery focused on helping others, BUT the opportunity to participate in the Writing Process Blog Hop made me realize that knowing a bit more about me might be helpful in using my suggestions.

You can thank Lauren Sapala for tagging me. She’s a pretty cool lady, and has some amazing insights on writing whenever she posts.

This is a pretty detailed look at my personal process and perspectives. In NO WAY am I trying to imply that you should try to change your process to match it. You shouldn’t. Every writer is different, and you have to do what your personality and perspective dictates.

Without further ado, here are my answers to the four questions of the Writing Process Blog Hop.
Read on, my writing geek…

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A Balance of Strengths to Take Your Story Higher

Your character is honest, courageous, hardworking, and responsible. …Which is his strength?

And how do you know when he’s too perfect to be relatable?

Or how do you find the strength in a despicable character?

“Strength” is a BROAD category. I’m not going to try to gloss over that fact. Picking one can be a pain.

But.

There’s a strength in every character, and every story. It doesn’t have to be difficult to find. Really.
Read more to find out how…

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Is a Quirk Just What Your Character Needs?

Larry Brooks says that quirks don’t add characterization. I don’t agree. His three dimensions of characterization (existence, inner landscape, and action) don’t take into account subtext and symbolism.

I think he also missed the fact that a quirk is often a behavior, a habit. Which translates into action and fits directly into his three dimensions.

Admittedly, you don’t need quirks in every character. And often they’re subtle.

But to outright claim that they don’t add characterization is flat wrong.

A well-written quirk crosses the line between characterization and character development. Characterization is the means of showing the character to the reader, and character development is the process of creating the character in the first place.

With the quirk, a writer can blend the two. Consider it a literary device. It foreshadows. It reflects. It puts the reader in a state of mind to more readily accept who the character is. Before that, it gives the writer a better view of the character, and can inspire insights into what the character could be.
Keep reading for specific ways to use the quirk…

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Writing The Perfect Flaw

“Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.” – W. Somerset Maugham

To be flawed is quintessentially human. We can’t escape our flaws, and through fiction we experience the emotional rush of overcoming them.

Flaws serve to add depth and conflict, establish empathy, and make the character more memorable.
Keep reading to find out how to find and use the RIGHT Flaw…

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