Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Book Review Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Science Fiction. Dystopian. 5 Stars. It spoke to the geek in me. I couldn't put it down. It’s the year 2045, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the... Continue Reading →

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30 Days, 50K words

I think it was last December, so about a year ago, that I first discovered NaNoWriMo (thanks to all those #bookstagramers and #amwriters I follow on IG). I remember thinking that I wouldn't want to feel so pressured to write; that if I couldn't just be getting it done, then I wasn't worthy, and no... Continue Reading →

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Do characters all have to be super heroes, brave, unfallible and larger than life? Honouring realism and the right to be human by Christoph Fischer

I was just writing about this- though not so nearly in depth, in an upcoming book review for The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss.
As far as I’m concerned, character flaws bring more depth, creating character, rather than archetypes, which I think most readers see right through. I’d be curious to hear characters you love who don’t have flaws… Either way, great thoughts from Christoph and Sally 🙂

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the second post by Christoph Fischer from his archives. As we develop our heroes are we in danger of creating them all as perfect, strong and able to leap tall buildings?

Do characters all have to be super heroes, brave, unfallible and larger than life? Honouring realism and the right to be human by Christoph Fischer

A recent comment about one of my fictional characters brought up the following thoughts in me.

I know that bravery, attractive cheerleaders and bulging biceps alpha males are the stuff that great dreams and heroic tales are made of.

Of course it is inspiring to read about the people who are fearless and unbreakable.
Authors want to write role models and set good examples.

So characters can become brave, unfallible and larger than life, so that the readers find them likeable and make your book a bestseller.

What about the more normal…

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NanoWriMo: Week 1

Week one of my first National Novel Writing Month participation is coming to a close. Definitely a great decision on my part (it happens occasionally) to jump in. I've shown up. I've gotten great word counts in, and most importantly, I've been forced to follow a rule of first drafts that I usually ignore, which... Continue Reading →

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