• Nam Da Jung Appreciation Post •

Sorry for the radio silence, folks! I’ve got a boat load of excuses, but we’ll save those for another time.

I’ve been watching Liar Game, a Korean drama, on Viki (if you’re interested) for a while and, I know I say this about almost all the dramas I watch, but this has to be one of the best! Nam Da Jung, a sweet, innocent, and trusting girl gets drafted into a reality T.V. program called, you guessed it, Liar Game. All the contestants must lie, betray, and trust each other in order to win the grand prize: millions of dollars. Nam Da Jung is sitting on a pile of debt her father left behind after being swindled by a fake investment program.

Da Jung enlists the help of a human lie detector + young professor at a prestigious university who literally just got out of prison for messing with economics. Turns out he and the host of the show (who can lie without being detected) have a history and butt heads throughout.

Anyway, this post is specifically about Nam Da Jung.

I’m all for people being treated equally, but I think that men and women are fundamentally different and that’s not a bad thing. We can be equal, but different at the same time. It’s not a ‘this or that’ situation as some seem to think. Radical feminism leaves a bad taste in my mouth because so many feminists are just so dang irritating (typically the loudest, probably not the majority). They fight so hard for women’s rights that they feel the need to silence men. Or focus just on women.

Radical feminists like the heroic female that will beat the bad guy when men fall short. They like Wonder Woman because she defeated the monster thing when Batman and Superman couldn’t. They like women with muscles, guts, and glory.

I like Nam Da Jung because she is almost the polar opposite. She cooks, she trusts, she’s sweet, she’s kind, she wears cute outfits, she doesn’t feel the need to change who she is just because she’s in a stressful environment or because she’s constantly put down. Yet she’s one of the strongest female characters in any film, show, or drama I’ve ever seen.

She is the most feminine, yet the most brave, courageous, and strong.

She hasn’t seen her dad in years; she’s dealing with his debt; she’s working several jobs for low pay. But she’s not angry, aggressive, or bitter.

To me, that’s stronger than holding the door open for yourself and not accepting help because you can do it yourself.

I appreciate this show so much and I appreciate Nam Da Jung’s character to the moon and back.

Until next time. Whenever that is. 😛

Love,

Rana || xoxo

//child’s play

Hello, lovely!

I hope you’re having a fabulous Monday because mine started off with anxiety! 😀 I needed to record a video of an informative speech, but had no better means of doing that than with my lousy computer camera. Ah, well. That’s behind me because I did it, submitted it, and now just have to worry about the grade (and how my poor professor will respond to all the “um’s” and “so’s” and “essentially, what that means is that’s,” and grammatical errors – me!

A post on how to make the child in your novel sound like a child. <-- One of my biggest pet peeves is when a child sounds too aware in a film/novel! Don't let that happen to you.

A post on how to make the child in your novel sound like a child.

The Writer! Sheesh.).

Is it just me, or do weekends feel like a pause from a video game and returning when all the bad guys are about to attack?

But I digress.

Today, I want to talk about dialogue. And not just any old dialogue. But a child’s dialogue.

One of my biggest pet peeves when watching a film is when the script writer gives a child too-mature-lines. For instance, my family and I recently watched The Judge with RDJ and Robert Duvall. I really enjoyed it (minus the language and a couple scenes)! It was brilliant!

But I kept cringing when the daughter came on screen. At one point in the film, she asked her dad if he and his wife (her mom) were getting a divorce. He asks why she would think that. And she says that that’s what happens when x, y, and z takes place.

Really?

A kid doesn’t get that.

A kid (generally) isn’t that mature or insightful or analytic.

So I want to keep you from making that mistake. Here are a few tips I hope can help your child sound like a child.

Tip #1: Give ’em a speech impediment.

But don’t let it get obnoxious. If they’ve got a lisp, write that in! Mark Twain gave his southerners southern accents. It makes the book more realistic.

Tip #2: Their smarts should suit their age.

Unless this is about a genius kid, keep ’em simple. Kids like to have fun, play, eat bugs, and snot all over the place (if they’re boys). They like to play with dolls, dress up, twirl, dance, put on Mommy’s clothes, ruin her make up, and fall in the pool (if they’re girls, although this last point can go for boys too).

They’re really not that insightful. Unless someone tell them, a five year old isn’t going to catch on that Mommy’s afraid of Daddy, okay? They’re happy to see Mommy and they’re happy to see Daddy. That’s it.

Tip #3: Develop their voice.

This is probably the chiefest characteristic of writing a child, in my limited experience. Develop it in a way that accurately portrays a child. Watch some kids. See how they talk, act. They’re typically not angelic, graceful beings. I certainly wasn’t. I had such a problem with balance that I walked into walls, tables, chairs, and I wasn’t smart enough to realize that I’d fallen off my dresser.

I thought it hit me.

Or maybe I was just a liar.

Either way, give them personality, but not a mature or overly-smart one.

See, the thing is, even if a kid is smart in real life, writers need to exaggerate the childishness in a book so the reader can see that that’s a child, not a know-it-all. Writers exaggerate a lot of stuff to get the point across.

Buildings don’t burn all around us right now. But in books, they do. Because we need to feel the sense that the world is in chaos and falling apart.

Know what I mean, jelly bean?

Children are innocent, oblivious, awed by everything, curious, fearless, and magnificent. Sometimes they’re shy; sometimes they have no problem walking up to a stranger and telling them they love them (or don’t). They’re honest and know they can get away with crap if you train them to.

You don’t need to make them stereotypes, but they should be fleshed out enough so that we can see that they’re a normal (if that’s what they should be) child and not get peeved that they’re too smart or too obnoxious.

I hope these help! 🙂

God bless!

Rana

P.S.

Check out my new page, The Writer’s Toolbox! It’s a compilation of some of the most helpful resources for writers. Hope it helps!

Love in Literature

“We’re all fools in love.”

Jane Austen

I used to be a romantic. Now, I consider myself a realistic dreamer. I don’t plan on getting married or having kids. If it happens, it happens and I’ll thank God, but I’m done hoping and wishing for it. Most of my friends – you can tell who they’re going to end up with. And I hate them [/mild sarcasm]. I think I’ll just end up being a crazy cat lady one day. Let’s be honest: I’m not a fantastic people-person. I can hold a conversation most of the time, but I’m always freaking out that I’m asking too many questions or boring them or not being clear or whatever.

At the practice speech and debate tournament I went to on Saturday, a kind boy said hi (you know when you never really feel like a very noticeable person and then someone starts talking to you out of the blue and it’s one of the most touching things?). I ended up asking him about fifteen+ questions. Way to go, Rana.

Oh! And I also discovered that little girls are fascinated with pantyhose. I was wearing some and they kept touching and rubbing my legs. It was one of the most awkward moments of my life.

ANYWAY, I like love as a sub-plot in my novels. And I thought, “hey, why not do a post on love in stories?” So here we go. Some of my “rules” for love in literature:

#1: Insta-Love is an Insta-No-No

Just don’t do it. Please. It’s cheesy and not realistic. In this post, we went over whether or not to make things up or make them realistic. Although fiction is fake up to a certain point, it should also be believable. We read to see ourselves. Books are like verbal mirrors. If we can’t see ourselves reflected through a character’s actions, personality, or journey, we’re not really going to like the book. So, as far as love in concerned, I would steer clear of love-at-first-sight.

In Desensitized, Cael and Ashland end up becoming super good friends and fall in love eventually. But at first, they hate each other. The character arcs change throughout the story and that’s important to me. I like to see people get better. Love helps with that. (Not the cheesy, romantic love, but pure, selfless love.)

#2: It Should Be Significant in Small Ways

So, without Cael, Ashland would probably die – not in a ‘oh-I-can’t-live-without-you’ way, but just that she’s going through a ton and needs support. Without Ashland, Cael would probably continue to be a heartless leader who isn’t concerned with anyone’s quality of life, but just that they’re alive.

They change each other for the better and that’s what love is about. Love in literature should serve as a means of communicating that no man is an island. We’re social creatures and that’s not a bad thing. Also, it’s not all about the feelings.

Essentially, if your story isn’t impacted by the love sub-plot, then it doesn’t need to be in there. It needs to be significant, but not so that the whole focus is on the love.

#3: It’s not all about the feelings

Love is sacrifice. It’s willing to give up your personal, instant pleasure for the good of someone else. This is what we should see. We need an accurate portrayal of love in a world that constantly tells us that it’s nothing more than a //feeling.// Guys, it’s so much more than that. Writers have the ability to tell the truth without getting hated (as much as we would if we said our message to someone’s face).

#4: Don’t make it easy

Okay. It doesn’t need to be Romeo and Juliet level difficult, but it shouldn’t be – forgive me for being cliche, which I warned against in #1 – Bella and Edward easy. Love is a horrible, beautiful thing. It hurts, it feels good, sometimes it feels like nothing, but requires a choice (not a love-triangle choice, mind you, but a choice that’s either going to help or harm the other member in the relationship – think of a parent and their child – the parents gives up a lot for their children and we call it ‘love’).

Love is full of heartbreak and pain, but it’s worth it. Show that. Don’t make it a Ferris-wheel ride (I went on one maybe once or twice and they’re flipping scary. The dude running was like, “I can’t put more people on. I have to balance it out or I could kill everyone on this thing.”) with cotton candy and moonlight kisses. That’s not love. That’s a feeling. And love isn’t a feeling.

Well, I’m sure there’s more, but that’s what I’ve got for you for now.

I hope this helps and if you have any more to add, I’d love it! 😀

God bless!

Rana

Character Development (Part 7)

Hello, darlings! ^_^

It’s the final part, folks! 😉 Thanks for hanging in there.

So, why should your character have secrets?

Character Development (Part 7)Because, if they don’t, there’s nothing to keep the reader reading. Secrets add suspense. Suspense keeps the readers wanting more.

As the story goes on, the questions rack up. Why is so-and-so doing that? Are they telling the truth? Why did they lie? You slowly give out the answers, bit by bit. Things start to fall in place and make sense.

Essentially, secrets add an element of suspense, intrigue, and mystery to your novel.

Now, not all secrets are something people hide from other people. They can simply be the reason behind why a certain character acts the way they do.

But what secrets could you incorporate into your novel? Let’s take a look at some examples other writers have used. 🙂

The following may include spoilers!

1) The Hunger Games by Susan Collins

  • Katniss is angry with her mother. Why? Because, when her father died, she shut her children out. This also explains why Katniss is so focused on being the provider. Why she is a fighter. It also explains why she’s so good with the bow and arrow and thinks strategically.

2) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  • Mysterious things happen around Mr. Rochester’s house. A man is found with severe wounds on his body in the middle of the night. A fire starts in Mr. Rochester’s room. Why? Because he had been married previously. This poses several problems to the plot line of the story.

3) Dracula by Brahm Stoker

I only started this, but never finished it.

  • A man goes to stay at Count Dracula’s house. The Count is a strange man and there is no reflection when he looks in the mirror. Why? Because he’s a vampire.

4) The Secret of Moonacre (film based on The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge)

  • Maria Merryweather’s father held a secret. A secret Maria didn’t discover until he died and she was sent to live with her uncle, who appears to be a pretty strange man. Her father was broke, but left her a book that contained the secret to saving Moonacre. It keeps the viewers wondering what the secret was and how would Maria save the place.

I hope those examples help to illustrate somewhat the idea I’m trying to convey…

If not, or if you’d like to do some more reading on this topic, click here. 🙂

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Now, I’ll be gone for the next two weeks (possibly with no internet access *shrieks are heard in the background, lightening cracks behind an abandoned castle on a dark night, and a lone wolf howls in the distance*). You’ll be in my prayers and I hope I’m in yours. This may be quite difficult for me as I’ve never been away from home that long without family.

God bless!

Rana

Character Development (Part 6)

Sorry for the radio silence, darlings. I’ve been busy finishing up Spanish 1 (which I should be done this week!) and editing The Reset and dealing with life. I hope things have been going well for you. ❤

Character Development (Part 6)Today’s next to last part in the Character Development concerns uniqueness.

It is so important for each and every one of your characters to have a voice of their own. No two of your friends are exactly the same and neither should any of your characters be the same.

Last time, we discussed how you might want to consider discovering your characters’ personality types. The reason behind that was so you can bring them to life — know their quirks. But you’ll notice how, though two people might have the same personality types, they’re still very different.

For instance, I’m an introvert but I’m very friendly. I have no problem going up to a stranger and talking to them depending on the situation, etc. Now another introvert might have anxiety attacks over that sort of thing.

We’re all unique. Your characters should be too. Give them all different quirks. Give them different motives toward the same goal.

If two of your characters play the same role or sound similar, cut one. If you don’t, your readers might begin to get confused. I believe it was K.M. Weiland of Helping Writers Become Authors who said that if you don’t distinguish them, they’ll compete for the reader’s affection. It’s possible that, if they’re not written well, they could even cause the reader to not care.

You need the reader to care in order to keep reading. Every character needs to serve a purpose.

In The Lord of the Rings, every member of the Fellowship serves a different purpose and each is unique. There’s one elf, one dwarf, one wizard, two humans, and four hobbits. The two humans: Aragorn and Boromir are distinguished by the roles they play and their personalities. The four hobbits are distinguished by their voices and roles. The only two that get confusing are Merry and Pippin because they seem to have the same interests and mannerisms.

So just be aware of that and try to distinguish your characters for a lovable and memorable story. Often times, the characters make the book worth reading. 😉

I hope this helps, beautiful. 🙂

God bless!

Rana

 

Character Development (Part 5)

I’m an INTJ/ISTJ, but I really think that all depends on what mood I’m in. 😉 It kind of helps to understand why I do certain things or act a certain way. Keep in mind, however, that I don’t let those personality types define me. And, speaking of personality types, that’s tonight’s topic. Gosh, I sound like a t.v. show host. 😛

determine your characters personality typeBut let’s get to the point. Mirriam Neal told me a while back that she liked to determine her character’s personality types early on in the writing process. That’s what I remember anyway. 😉 I could be wrong.

Regardless, it’s worth a shot to determine it. It can set a sort of guideline for how your character should act.

You wouldn’t want a generally quiet, analytic,  seemingly emotionless person to start screaming at someone when they cut a finger while chopping up some veggies, you know? It wouldn’t make sense and would be out of character because they would know it was no one’s fault but theirs and it wouldn’t be a huge deal anyway. Unless, of course, they lost the member.

And you wouldn’t want a very organized person to accidentally misplace a very important file.

Knowing your character’s personality type really helps keep them in character.

So how do you determine their personality type? I just go take a personality test from the perspective of the character in question. 🙂

Here are a few links you might find helpful:

> The Sixteen Personality Types

> Free Personality Test

> Jung Typology Test

> Myers Briggs Test

Let me know how this works out for you. 🙂 Maybe research and write down the different quirks that come with being whatever personality type your character falls under and keep it by your writing place so you can refer to it whenever you find yourself wonder what on earth Suzy should do in this type of situation.

God bless!

Rana

Character Development (Part 4)

Sorry for acquiring the M.I.A. status! I realize I’ve been a bad blog mistress. *hangs head in shame* But I’ve been away a few times and have not had internet access the entire time. So that’s my excuse. 😛 Plus, I’ve been lazy. So that’s two. And without further ado…

Today’s topic pertains as to why your readers should get to know your characters gradually.

Readers should get to know your characters gradually.Because your story needs to be realistic for people to enjoy it. Again, readers need to relate to your charries. Just like real people, characters should not give up all their secrets at once. Every story needs an element to some degree of suspense. Without it, there’s no point in continuing to read, you know?

So let the reader get to know your babies by means of a few different ways (and I’m sure these aren’t all, so feel free to add more in the comments 🙂 ):

1) Foreshadow

This is extremely helpful in peaking a reader’s interest. There are several ways to do this. A few are having the MC’s friend say something pertaining to the secret without spilling the beans. Something like, “Hey, you over it yet?” What would the MC be over? A broken relationship? A death? Some traumatic event?

Another way is to have something happen that might freak out the MC. If their house got burned to the ground when they were young, maybe someone lighting a match could give them a jolt. This one is very subtle and I like it because the reader could pass it up as, “oh, maybe they weren’t expecting that and just got startled.” Then later on, it’s like, “BAM! Bet you didn’t see that coming!”

I don’t know. I’m stupid. Anyway.

2) Have them hold back.

Maybe they are hostile toward someone or some thing because they have bad memories – memories which probably should/could fuel the story.

3) There needs to be a reason they act like that.

This kind of goes in line with the second “method,” so to speak. They behave a certain way toward something, but you can’t just have them act like it for no reason. They’re in a bad mood. Why? They’re depressed. Why? They don’t like a certain fashion. Is it because their ex dressed that way and it brings back painful memories? They don’t want to go to that restaurant. Why?

I hope you see what I’m getting at. 😛

If not, grab a human translator that speaks crazy or something. Or just ask for clarification in the comments.

Note: This not only pertains to your MC, but also to all other characters whether they be friends, allies, or villains.

We’ve got three more parts to this 7-part-character-development series. Hang in there. 😉

God bless!

Rana

Character Development (Part 3)

Hello, Beautiful (or Handsome)!

I’ve seen blog posts on lies heroes can believe, but always wondered why. Why should they believe a lie? Maybe you were wondering the same thing. Or maybe you’ve already got the answer. Either way, this post discusses why they need to believe a lie. 🙂

Why?

Because they need to change. They need to grow throughout the story (character development, remember?). They are developing as a character. In life, there’s Your character needs to believe a lie.always the law of cause and effect. One thing happens and another occurs as a result.

I was doing research to find a good answer to this and found Helping Writers Become Authors. K.M. Weiland has a ton of great stuff on her blog. In her post on Character’s Ghosts, she discussed why characters needed to believe lies. And I’m sitting here going, “ah, perfect!” And angels are singing in the background. If you want to see what she has to say (and I guarantee it’s more intelligent than anything that will come out of my mouth, or fingers in this case), head on over there. 😉

And keep in mind that your whole novel is focused on that character’s journey. They have to grow. Otherwise, there’s not going to be much, if any, reason for your reader to enjoy the story. We have to relate to the hero and know there’s hope for us. If they can overcome their struggle, I might be able to overcome mine.

Also, because the lie is something created from the MC’s past, it can add suspense and mystery to your story. Characters are like people. You don’t know all about them on the first page. You get to know the gradually. Everyone’s got some secret that would break your heart and that’s the one we discover bit by bit throughout the story. The lie can keep it going.

Examples (I saw Spider-Man 2 last night, so SPOILERS!):

1) Harry Osborn from Spider-Man 2: He felt that his father didn’t love him. As a result, he felt thrown away which made him sensitive to others. He believed Spider-Man could save him, and, when Spidey didn’t, he felt betrayed.

2) Norman Osborn from Spider-Man 2: He thought he was doing what was right for Harry by sending him away and sacrificing the boy’s childhood. This screwed up Harry’s mind to turn him into the Green Goblin.

3) Bruce Wayne from Batman: Bruce thought that killing his parents’ murderer would make him feel better. He believed that justice and revenge sometimes the same. This fueled his anger, which he later channeled into creating the Batman which would fight crime.

4) Rapunzel from Tangled: She believed that Gothel was her mother and really did only want what was best for her. When she ran away with Flynn, however, she realized that the world wasn’t as bad as Gothel had scared her into believing and had really been robbed of her childhood.

5) Many people from planet earth: A lot of us, whenever we’re in a rut, tend to think, “this is it. It’s never going to get better.” And then it does get better with time. Everything always works out. So, we get in a rut and think we’re depressed. We start believing we messed up, we’re not good enough, we did something horrible to deserve this awful time, but the thing is: we didn’t. Life really stinks sometimes and that’s not your fault. We’re a fallen race. The only place to go is up. Hopefully that’s the lesson we learn and we can take our experiences to give others hope.

So hopefully you can see the cause -> effect in each of those and all the lies one can believe and how it affects the story. 🙂

Hope this helps. ❤

God bless!

Rana

 

Channel Your Fears into Your Writing

For a fantastic proposition, read ’till the end! 😉

Ana/Elfie touched on something important in the comments the other day. She said, “A personal opinion on the ‘sadistic’ one is that as humans, we’ve all been through pain. Writing is a way to relieve that, look at it from another angle and heal. And I’ve read things that have been painful, but in the end have lifted me and helped me heal, making me a better person.”

They say writing can be a sort of therapy, and I completely agree.

I’ve dealt with depression before off and on since I was about 13. It’s gotten better and I’m fine now, but back then, I didn’t really have anyone to go to right then and there when I needed to talk. Communication with my best friend was limited and the friends I had in the area were/are too innocent to talk to about what I was dealing with.

Writing helped me to deal with all that immensely.

Desensitized, as many of you know, is on hiatus. But I learned so much from writing that trilogy. I was able to channel my fears, anxieties, phobias, and everything else I was feeling into those three books through the characters and they were some of my best cast. They were pretty real to me and my readers loved them as well (at least, they said they did 😛 )!

Here’s a short list of what struggles they dealt with:

Ashland = depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, family.

Cael = leadership, feelings, beliefs.

Kody = drinking, smoking, being serious.

Blade and Core = self-doubt, lack of faith in their friends.

If you can channel your emotions into your writing, you’ll have a more believable cast of characters, and a more realistic story.

Characters are the most important part of any story. If you can get your readers to relate to them, you can get your readers to love them. A plot can be shallow and crummy. A novel can have a gazillion plot holes, but those can be covered up by the characters.

I’m not saying go ahead and have a crummy story with fascinating characters and be done. Do your best. I’m just saying the characters will cover up a bunch of mistakes.

Other people have gone through the same things you have. By inserting your fears, thoughts, and emotions into your characters, your readers will have an easier time relating to them. That’s what you want.

People aren’t as happy as they act, they’re not as carefree as they seem, and they. have. problems. We all have problems. People are broken. You can’t live without getting broken.

And that’s why we read. We read to know that we’re not alone. We read to grow. We read to go on the adventures we otherwise never would have been able to. We read to be princes, princesses, heroes, villains, peasants, lords…

Make a list of all your favorite characters from any show or book. I’m 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999% sure that you’ll find something in them that you see in yourself. Whether it be that faked smile, that waning sense of hope, that utter despair, that one fear, that one struggle… it’s there. We like people we can relate to, who deal with the same things we do.

Create characters people will find truth in. Don’t beat around the bush. Just be honest. In a world that crams lies down our throats and shoves impossible expectations at us, be honest. We’re not perfect. We never will be. Show people that being imperfect is okay.

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Fantastic proposition: Ciera is a talented, lovely young lady who has achieved so many goals and done so many amazing things that all I can do is sit here and be jealous. 😛 She would like to collaborate with other writers and start a young writers community, which she would like to release this summer!  It will be a place to submit and share your work!

For more information, visit her blog, The Write Things.

God bless!

Rana

Pick Your Battles

We hear this a lot in my house.

Just a few minutes ago, my brother was upset that the patches I’d ironed onto his sash were falling off. Something went wrong. I didn’t do a good job. Yeah, okay. I get that. But then he demands reimbursement.

He believes he payed me $25.00. I remember $14.00.

Now, I know nine bucks isn’t a huge difference and, as the nice, kind, loving, perfect person I’ve made myself out to be thus far, I should have just given up the difference, right? Wrong. I work too darn hard for my money. Since I work as an unofficial employee at my dad’s store, I only get paid $4.00 an hour. And THEN I have to split it up between 45% going to savings (which cannot be touched unless there’s an emergency – like hospital bill emergency), 45% going to me, and 10% going to church. Yes, we tithe in my house.

I earn money slowly and I work too hard for it. I’m an honest person. I will never willingly cheat anyone out of anything. Thankfully, I only had to pay my brother back $14.00.

Now, I realized that this can apply to writing!

Wait, what? Seriously? You and your bro had a spat and now your applying THAT to writing? Come on.

But no, for real.

Characters – especially siblings – should fight. In every scene there’s got to be conflict. Conflict propels the story. It forces the hero to make decisions and then to act upon those decisions.

Take a look at any family. The siblings will get into arguments. Granted, some are more behaved than others, but they still fight. But in stories, you won’t want to have pointless arguments between characters unless you’re trying to make a point.

For instance, a fight like the one my brother and I had would reveal the following about our personalities:

a) we are both very precise

b) we’re both stubborn

c) (what you didn’t get to see is that my bro had an awful temper – worse than my stereotypical temper that comes with being a redhead – and he was being very mean before my dad came home. When the adults arrived, he was acting very calm and “mature.”) my brother has a superficial attitude around adults.

d) I do not. I’m honest. If I’m angry with him, I’m not going to change my attitude and pretend it’s all good just because someone else shows up. – This is not to say I’m rude or disrespectful of authority. I just don’t put on a show.

e) my brother will relent if it makes him look good in the eye of authority.

f) I will stand firm by my beliefs.

As you can see, there are so many different things we can learn about character traits from a fight. Who’s stronger? Who’s smarter? Who’s calmer? Who’s going to put on a show if it makes them look better? Who’s going to stand strong?

See what I’m saying?

So let your characters fight, but only if it furthers the story or reveals your charries’ personality traits we wouldn’t see otherwise. 🙂 I’m not good at picking my battles. I should work on it. But the little things irk me. There’s one of my character quirks. 😛 I also have a tendency to speak before I think. I’m very sarcastic and can never hold back a comment. It’s landed me in quite a bit of trouble. 😛

So basically, choose the battles your babies will fight. Make sure it furthers he story.

There’s my food for thought for the day. 🙂

So what do you think? Do you agree? Got any other pointers?

God bless!
Rana