Minor characters and interesting byways

Incidental people, events, and settings seem exceptionally alive to me in Splintegrate. They demand to be explored, perhaps in short stories or an anthology of shorts. This post looks at some of the vignettes that niggle and suggest intriguing story byways to me.

Loving and Hating Scarlett O’Hara

Finally read Gone With the Wind and wow – what a character creation Scarlett O’Hara is! Some thoughts on what Margaret Mitchell did.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and My Novel MAINLINE

Forget the English version of this flick: Noomi Rapace in the original is the bomb, and a double for Reva, my assassin protagonist in Mainline.

Characters and Culture: the Jewish family in Ang Lee’s ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’

The Chinese family central to Ang Lee’s “Eat Drink Man Woman” was in part written by pretending the family was Jewish, and “letting it rip.” What does this say about cultural identity?

Derek or Meredith? Taking Sides With Characters

Are you a black-and-white person, or a grey area person? How do these attitudes affect characters and readers’ relationship to them? Some thoughts on the subject in this post.

The Role of Role-Playing in Character Creation

I find that I write best, both plotting and characterization-wise, when I can get inside the skin of the characters I am writing about.  I don’t mean only “understand how they think”, which is such a common prescription for writing all kinds of fiction that it has lost any real meaning.  Rather, I mean practicing […]