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  1. I simply adore and love advice for writing – sadly I have neglected my tippety-tappety on the keyboards, but it will return, of that I am certain.

    As for characters – I find balance is a problem. Either they are too weak and ‘bleh’ or overly ‘in-your-face’. But then in life we meet such people, so why is it a problem in fiction for writers – not all, I understand, as some writers are pure masters of the character creation.

    I’ve heard an expression: ‘Mary Sue’? Pertaining to a character who is perfect in every way, can do everything, looks great, does all the right things, etc. I recently finished a fantasy fiction by Brandon Sanderson: ‘Words of Radiance’ – in which there is a female character who suddenly can do everything, can master all the magical skills, learns a language in mere weeks, can make herself invisible, morph herself… the list goes on. Sadly this, the second of his books killed it for me and I stopped reading any more.

    Why, oh why, do supposedly good-great writers do that? Even J. K. Rowling had a ‘Mary Sue’ in the form of Ron’s sister.

    Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by and following. I look forward to following your posts regularly 🙂
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    1. Ginny, who had the Voldemort diary issue? And tried to flush it. A book. That was her big plan. And then, when it didn’t work, she still opted to keep her mouth shut. That’s the “perfect in every way, does all the right things” example? I think I might remember her differently than you do.

      Thanks for the comment though. Get back to writing. 🙂

  2. A uniqueness of place – I hadn’t really thought of it like that before – thanks 🙂
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    1. Always glad to inspire.

  3. Place is so important. I’m glad you gave it the attention it deserves here today.
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    1. Thanks. And thank you for stopping by.

    • Hilary on April 4, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Hi J – I guess place and setting have to be right for the characters and for the time frame .. otherwise everything else is completely out of place – disjointed .. cheers Hilary
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    1. Yes, indeed!

  4. That is true! Most of my books are set in schools, but each school can be dramatically different based on the story.
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    1. Indeed. I know when I read your 30 Days of No Gossip book, I was very jealous that students were even discussing getting a lounge, and that it might have wi-fi and charging ports and such. It does make perfect sense in today’s world. But the on and off years I spent in “traditional” school, yeah, not only was there nothing like that, but it would have never been considered. I remember being impressed by the school you painted.

      And that school, for anyone reading this reply and wondering, did indeed feel like a character. It had needs. It had an internal and external conflict which the main character was deeply involved in. Stephanie has a fantastic example of the type of setting I’m talking about in that book, so I highly recommend anyone looking for one to go check that out.

  5. I’ve never thought of it in this way! It makes perfect sense.
    Thank you for the eye-opener….. 🙂
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    1. I’m glad to help. 🙂

  6. Sorry, the twitter handle should read @mishy1727
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    1. No worries.
      Seems I was following you there already anyway.

    • Li on April 11, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    A great setting is also helpful in utilizing “show not tell”. How characters interact with a location (town, school, lake, museum) can reveal much to the reader. Does s/he seem to belong there? Did they choose to be there voluntarily? What (if anything) does the location say about those who are there? What does it say about how they are perceived by others? (Rich, poor, educated, criminal, artistic, outdoorsy, snobbish, open-minded, etc.)
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    1. Indeed! A setting as a character is really useful to ward of the “telling” blues.

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