Category Archives: Character Development

Writing Strategies with Point of View and Tense | Fiction School Podcast #22

Writing Strategies with Point of View and Tense | Fiction School Podcast #22

We got a great question from our contact page from a listener, Rich, so we decided to do a show on it.  Here’s Rich’s email to us: Hi All, Love the show; I download the (free!) podcasts from iTunes and I’m about halfway through. Have you considered doing a show on point of view and… Continue Reading

How to End a Story: Cliffhangers, Closure and Retrospective Inevitability | Fiction School Podcast #19

How to End a Story: Cliffhangers, Closure and Retrospective Inevitability | Fiction School Podcast #19

There’s that moment when a book you’re reading has just a few pages left, and you get a little anxious.  You don’t want it to end, maybe.  Or you’re dying to know whodunit.  Will the girl get the guy? Will the misfits return home safely? There’s so much riding on that ending.  It’ll be the… Continue Reading

The Power of Names and Nicknames: How to choose the perfect one for your fictional characters | Fiction School Podcast #16

The Power of Names and Nicknames: How to choose the perfect one for your fictional characters | Fiction School Podcast #16

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked. Fiction School’s here to answer and we say, “Brother, a whole hell of a lot.” On this episode of the Fiction School Podcast, we go deep into the thorny labyrinth of choosing a name for your fictional character.  We talk about subtlety and stereotype, from Ace Diablo to Manly… Continue Reading

Writing Character-Driven Stories with Round Characters | Fiction School Podcast #15

Writing Character-Driven Stories with Round Characters | Fiction School Podcast #15

The local weirdo with the pet rat, the eccentric barista with the tattoo of an ironing board, the incompetent boss, the highfalutin poet.  Good characters are the stuff of life. But do we love character-driven stories?  Are readers willing to follow a highfalutin poet on his misadventures around, say, literary Detroit?  How do writers create… Continue Reading

The SPOOKY Secrets of Paranormal Writing | Fiction School Podcast #9

The SPOOKY Secrets of Paranormal Writing | Fiction School Podcast #9

Let us begin by saying: MMMWWAAAAAHAHAhahahahaha!!  Welcome to our Spooktacular Show! We all grow up loving a good ghost story.  Even as little kids, even when it’s scary, there’s something absolutely magnetic about the paranormal.  And we keep loving those stories our whole lives.  Something about supernatural stories of big, mysterious, other-worldy realms out there… Continue Reading

Writing From Real Life in Fiction and Memoir, with special guest Suzanne Morrison | Fiction School Podcast #8

Writing From Real Life in Fiction and Memoir, with special guest Suzanne Morrison | Fiction School Podcast #8

It’s weird being a writer.  Everything you do is research.  Everyone you meet could end up on a page you write.  Everything that happens to you might happen to a character someday. A perfect quip somebody whips out in an argument?  A 3 a.m. wakeup from an overly amorous cat?  That time you were trying… Continue Reading

Using Minor Characters, Sidekicks, and Flat Characters to Drive Your Story | Fiction School Podcast #7

Using Minor Characters, Sidekicks, and Flat Characters to Drive Your Story | Fiction School Podcast #7

Hey there, Writers!  A couple of quick news items: Big sale on Baker’s YA novel The Battle Hymn Blues –get the ebook for just 99 cents this week! And if you’re a listener in the Northern California area, check out Jody’s new play, Shrewed! an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.  Opening this week! Playing… Continue Reading

Writing Romance, Love Stories, and Sex Scenes | Fiction School Podcast Episode #6

Writing Romance, Love Stories, and Sex Scenes | Fiction School Podcast Episode #6

When we’re little, romance stories end in “happily ever after.”  But then, a little later, a few hormones coursing through us and we wonder what happens after happily ever after.  Especially, you know, immediately after. That’s when we start learning about stories with a little “Bow-chicka-wow-wow.” Then we turn into writers (which may or may not… Continue Reading

Secrets of Writing a Novel Series | Fiction School Podcast #5

Secrets of Writing a Novel Series | Fiction School Podcast #5

One of the best things to happen in the world books recently?  It’s gotta be all the series and serialization of stories. Maybe it’s the influence of TV and the show addictions we all have.  Maybe it’s the rise of indie authors and how they can write faster.  Maybe readers just love getting to know… Continue Reading

Using Setting and Place to Power Your Writing | Fiction School Podcast #4

Using Setting and Place to Power Your Writing | Fiction School Podcast #4

When we get on the Google Hangout to tape this show on setting, Tommy appears in this ridiculously ornate, immaculate, stunning room, with frescoes on the ceiling and detailing in every tiny crevice, and (probably) this tiny man who runs around sweeping any speck of dust, and Tommy says “This is my classroom.” (He’s teaching… Continue Reading