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PubCrawl Podcast: Publishing Relationships

This week Kelly and JJ discuss Publishing Relationships, or how connections help the industry move forward. Also what happens if you get orphaned by your editor, if your agent isn’t interested in representing your project, and more. Show Notes Agent/author relationships Sometimes you don’t know what you want from this relationship unless you’re in the middle of one that isn’t working for you and that’s okay. Julie Dao has a great post about questions to ask. […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Crafting Characters – Narrative Arc & Change

This week JJ and Kelly conclude their Crafting Characters series with NARRATIVE ARCS. Apologies for sounding scatterbrained; JJ was up until the wee hours trying (and failing) to kill a video game boss while Kelly has the plague. Show Notes What distinguishes a novel from shorter forms of fiction is the trajectory of narrative change. The “point” of a novel is transformation. Either a character transforms, or the world around the character transforms. Transformation and evolution […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Crafting Characters – Relationships

 This week Kelly and JJ continue with their Crafting Characters series with RELATIONSHIPS. If a tree falls in the middle of a wood and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If a character is fully realized but has no other characters to witness it, are they truly three-dimensional? Show Notes Relationships between characters also have dynamics: tense, easy, etc. Relationships, like characters, also evolve and change. How characters relate to other […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Creating Characters – Strengths & Weaknesses

After another unplanned hiatus, JJ and Kelly are back once again! (We’ll never be gone forever, don’t worry.) This week they continue their series on characterization, this time focusing on STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES or personality traits. Show Notes Personality traits are external manifestations of a character’s vulnerability. As we’ve mentioned before, writing a character entails managing multiple different strands at once; it’s hard to focus on just one thread when you need to look at […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Crafting Characters

This week Kelly and JJ discuss HOW to write compelling characters. Once again, we talk way too much about Dragon Age and Life is Strange. 😂 Show Notes Previous episodes on characterization Protagonists Villains Ancillary characters What makes a compelling character? Vulnerability. Vulnerability differs from strengths and weaknesses in that vulnerability stems from the character’s subconscious emotional needs. Vulnerability often manifests itself as a driving philosophy or world view that affects all of the characters’ […]

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