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Character Development

Did My Young Child Tell Me a Lie?

Diana Grycan | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Give consequences that are appropriate, and let the punishment fit the crime. Expect that your child will try to "bend the truth," but remember to give praise for behavior that is forthright.

Spiritual Themes in The Goldfinch

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 03.14.2014 | Books
Carol Howard Merritt

The Goldfinch felt like it wasn't quite long enough. Don't get me wrong, the ending was satisfying, I just wanted to linger in the rich work that Donna Tartt created.

Adult? Young Adult? Just Write

Jonathan Curelop | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Jonathan Curelop

You need to break down those internal editors in order to discover and connect with that kernel of truth that will ultimately define your characters and, therefore, your books.

The Magic of a Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Artfully written, a novel can make you leave behind your world -- at least for the hours you spend reading -- and enter the one unfolding on the pages before you.

Notes on a First Novel

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 10.12.2013 | Books
Kathleen Reardon

Many people have told me they would love to write a novel. Why then have so many of them not done so?

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed Sanctus trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. I

Origins And Questions Of Character Education

KidSpirit | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

There are now a multitude of character education programs being implemented in schools all across the United States. While in principle it might be important to teach character, one might ask, "Is it effective? What is it good for? Does it ultimately help academic performance?"

The AWP Conference in Boston: Where Writers Swim Like Fish

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Over 11,000 writers, editors, and publishers turned out this year for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' Conference, making it one of the biggest literary hootenannies for anyone with a passion for putting words on the page.

Resourcefulness: A Perennial Characteristic of Success

Harriet Cabelly | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Harriet Cabelly

Something happens as they get older. We can't seem to allow them to suffer the natural consequences. Parents will fight the teachers over a poor grade and say it's their fault, that they, the parent, didn't spend enough time doing the homework with or better yet, for, their child.

Little Lessons Along the Way: Building Character

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Michelle Threlfall

I have been thinking about what creates shady or untoward people, and how we can teach children different ways of being. In my reflections, I started to think about where I learned about character, and realized that it was through little lessons along the way.

How HBO's 'Girls' Missed the Social Media Marketing Boat

Mark Drapeau | Posted 07.07.2012 | TV
Mark Drapeau

When there are so many young women talking about how realistically Girls depicts their lives, what a shame that HBO and Lena Dunham didn't take advantage of this and expand the Girls universe into the digital space.

Wrestling With Point of View in Your Writing

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Sometimes it takes several drafts before you get the point of view that works for a particular story.

The Day Before Happiness

Mark Axelrod | Posted 03.07.2012 | Books
Mark Axelrod

Clearly, De Luca is indebted to the poetics of prose (if not to poetry) since there are no fewer than 50 instances in which he uses similes and an almost equal number of metaphors. It's apparent, too, that the use of such poetic devices are a kind of mainstay of his art.

Adding Character to Your Story

Jen Grisanti | Posted 12.13.2011 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

A strong character can make all the difference in the world in a good story. How do you add depth to your character and your story? What makes the viewer feel the plight of your character?

What Does "Student-Centered" Learning Really Mean?

William Astore | Posted 11.04.2011 | Education
William Astore

As a society, we talk about the importance of leaders in all walks of life, but when it comes to our classrooms, many of us seem to want to empower the followers while executing the sages when the former do poorly on standardized tests.

Why Instilling Character Isn't In Conflict With Encouraging Competition

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

What's more important - to be the best and win? Or to be humble, and put yourself in the service of others? Year ago, businesses looked for someone ...

The Making of a Novel: Developing Character Through Dialogue

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

Sometimes the best way to develop a character is to bring the character on stage and let them start talking. The stage, when you're writing a novel, ...

The Making of a Novel: Bringing Fiction to Life, One Thread at a Time

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

For my last novel, The Threadbare Heart, I had the great good fortune to arrange a nationwide contest in conjunction with Keepsake Quilting, one of th...

The Making of a Novel: 7 Rules for Writing Sex Scenes

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

If your characters are alive, odds are good that they will be having sex at some point -- or thinking about sex, or running from sex, or hoping for se...

The Making of a Novel: Asking "What Do You Think Will Happen Next?"

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

Last night, I was invited to another Long Beach book club that had read The Threadbare Heart. There were TWO rum cakes there, and a giant bowl of the ...

The Making of a Novel: Borrowing From Real Life

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

It's one thing to borrow an emotion, or a belief from someone, for one's writing, but an actual physical trait? It feels a little bit like stealing.

The Making of a Novel: Designing Family Systems

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

I spent all morning writing a character summary to try to figure out what this one character -- my daughter -- really wants. What was I doing?

The Making of a Novel: What Does Your Character Want?

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

Over the weekend, I asked a writer friend to read a two-page summary of my new book. It turns out, I can't move forward unless I know, really know, what my character wants.

The Very First Summary of my Novel

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennie Nash

I finally put my story idea down in words for my agent, (whom I'll call Agent X because it sounds cool.) I put it at the end of an email - just pounde...

Little Notebooks Everywhere: How the Idea for a Novel Grows

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennie Nash

The thing about opening your mind up to a new story idea is that you once you do it, there's no going back. I grab at all these things and try to capture them before they are lost in the noise and shuffle of life, and I do this with little notebooks.