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A few thoughts on the inspiration behind character development

Copyright © 2015 Jerry Dunne Character does not arise in some pure form out of the writer’s imagination. The creative mind is influenced by a myriad of sources that gather in quantity and quality over a whole lifetime and arrives … Continue reading

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From stereotype to complex character with speed and ease

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne Stereotypes are not real people, as real people are multi-dimensional. All the same, with only a few simple but poignant attributes, a stereotype offers an immediate, energetic and powerful impression. By using the stereotype as … Continue reading

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Improving the character interview technique used by fiction writers

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne In this post, we look at how the character interview technique is used as a means to help stimulate the fiction writer’s imagination in developing character. We see that the usual approach with this technique … Continue reading

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How to develop insightful and credible short story ideas from a fable

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne Below is the first part of the fables chapter from my book How to Develop (Imaginative, Insightful & Credible) Short Story Ideas CHAPTER THREE Fables Here we appraise the fable as a means of both an … Continue reading

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Exercises for sparking up character in the short story

Copyright © 2011 Jerry Dunne This post is a follow-on from the post Sparking Up Character In The Short Story. http://is.gd/HTd7je So now we know we need to find the attitude of the character as related to the idea and … Continue reading

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Sparking up character in the short story

Copyright © 2011 Jerry Dunne It’s difficult enough to bring character to life in a novel, but a short story offers an even trickier challenge. Many writers need time to build their character and give it energy. They can’t just … Continue reading

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