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Friday, November 23, 2012

Mad Characterization Skills

Dear Reader/Writers,

What does an editor mean when she says she appreciates complex characters
That she'll see you've given your characters positive & negative traits? That your characters don't all have super-model good looks, a perfect home and faithful friends? Sure, but most of what makes a character complex is invisible.

Quick How-To: 


Answer these three question --

1.  I probably came up with this idea becauseā€¦
2.  One secret my main character will never tell anyone...
3.  Here's how my antagonist's best friend describes him/her...

Keep those 3 answers inside your brain. 

Refuse to make your hero's shame/regret/failure part of the story,, and you'll write in a way that lets your readers will feel he is humble and human beneath his accomplishments.
If you know a pal admires your villain's inability to resist old dogs and daisies, the knowledge infuses the words coming from your fingertips and your bad guy won't be a stereotype.

Have fun!

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Monday, November 12, 2012


Happy Veteran's Day! If you know a veteran, give her or him a hug & show them this photo. Did you know that the U.S. Marine Corp's color guard rides palomino mustangs?

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Sunday, November 11, 2012


Dear Readers, Almost every time I'm interviewed about my PHANTOM STALLION books or about wild horses, people ask "Why do girls love horses?" My mail and my life indicate that girls, boys, men and women all love horses, but maybe girls show it more. Why do human love horses? Why do YOU love horses? I want to hear your answers. Then I'll share mine. Happy trails, Terri

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