1. Bill Jones, Jr.
    November 14, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    This is excellent advice. Too often characters are little more than archetypes. The tough marine who is stoic, and insensitive, the flamboyant gay, etc. Real people aren’t like that. I use Myers-Briggs to put together personality characteristics that make characters real, but even then I mix and match.

    My current main characters are females, who find themselves in love. One is tough, a female Clint Eastwood during conflicts – The Outlaw Ms. Josie Wales, so to speak. But she’s also very feminine, often ending up in a fight while dressed as a model. Her partner abhors make-up, doesn’t know eye shadow from mascara, but is nurturing, sensitive, sweet.

    Real people don’t follow molds, but that’s what makes them interesting.


    • alicamckennajohnson
      November 16, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

      They sound like great characters- currently there seems to be a rut of strong bitches or bland arm candy out there, glad to see people other then me are tired of this!
      I’m always amazing at what people know and can do. I have a friend whose a fashion queen and very into everything Disney and is an excellent shot! Who Knew. Creating interesting characters gives us someone to relate to and offers surprises in what we’re reading.


  2. Patricia Yager Delagrange
    November 14, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    What a lovely video clip of her song. Wow! Thank you for that. And I love your take on diversity. I wish everyone felt that way. The world would be a nicer place to live.


    • alicamckennajohnson
      November 16, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

      Thanks Patti- I think we are slwoly getting there, every time some one tries something new we connect with new peole and new cultures and that will bring us together.
      I love her all of her CDs are great!


  3. Debra Kristi
    November 15, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    I loved that video! I will be looking to download that one for myself.

    Wonderful advice, as always. Thanks Alica!


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