Category Archives: Characterization

That Time I Realized I Was Actually Both Characters…

How’s your week been so far? I’ve been back and forth with my designer for a re-release on one of my books (which should be coming up here soon, I hope). Stay tuned for that. Let’s get to it. A … Continue reading

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Caught Off-Guard By The Post Office Guy…

How’s your week going so far? Good, I hope. I was in the post office the other day to pay the internet bill. Everything was going fine, until the guy at the counter said, “I’d like to ask you some … Continue reading

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Why My Brother Got Me Thinking About My Life…

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty much the same–weekly shopping trip, comics, crosswords, and what-have-ya. Anyway, let’s get to it. I didn’t really think of my own life in terms of somebody else’s. Until I remembered that my brother … Continue reading

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Fiction File: Need Character? Put a Spin on Description, Like This…

I decided to pick up a thread I started here months ago. Yeah, to say I lost track would be an understatement. Back then, I said there are different ways to make characters seem real—even though they’re really not. I … Continue reading

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How Jack Bauer Can Improve Your Writing

I couldn’t wait to see it, Monday night. I didn’t know it had been four whole years since the last episode. There was a set of short commercials during the Super Bowl about this show. I reviewed those here. What … Continue reading

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A Cool Fiction Trick That Drives Copywriters Up the Wall

Let’s get to it. Whether you write short stories or longer fiction, you have two choices. Maybe you’re not aware you’ve made them, but as soon as you start writing, you have. And a lot of the time, copywriters don’t … Continue reading

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Fiction File: Say What?

It’s Ty again from Fiction and Copy Decoded, and we’re up for another Fiction File. Are the copywriters gone? They are? Okay. I said at the end of the last File that I’d tell you about my favorite tool to … Continue reading

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Fiction File: Character Revelation

I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving, and four day weekend (at my house there was pie everywhere—and no, we didn’t have any fights we had to clean up). Today is the first ever Fiction File—posts just for you fiction … Continue reading

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How a Character Sketch Can Pad Any Copywriter’s Cash Stash

Fiction writing needs three things to be successful: plot, setting, and character. And I’d like to focus on a tiny sliver—the character worksheet. The one in my Long Ridge program binder was a two-sided piece of paper. What’s below is … Continue reading

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