Applying Psychology to Character Development [Resources]

Last month my family underwent a traumatic incident in real life which still sits with us to this day. For several weeks I found myself unable to lift a keyboard to continue on my writing tasks. In fact, I could barely operate at any kind of level. I was aware of this, annoyed by this, but also aware that trauma and grief on any level needs to be worked through and given time. Sometimes the world does have to stop.

Now that I’m back into a little writing, and have returned to work on characterisation efforts, I have some resources to share. Understanding a little applied psychology for any character development is always helpful, and thankfully we have some good resources out there.

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Getting Stuck in NaNoWriMo? Here’s some resource links

E4W Unstuck Exercises NaNo

Over on my tumblr blog I just put up a post linking to resources I’m collating as NaNoWriMo helper posts – these come in two categories – the #NaNoPrep posts of October (which I’m still discovering); and the current #NaNoPeptalk posts being published.

I am taking any of these as I find them and reblogging or linking to them every day over November. To save you the time, here are the direct links to the tag searches, which will give you an index page of all these posts. You may find them useful for times when you get stuck.

#nanoprep (previous posts from October)

#nanopeptalk (current and growing index of posts to help through November)

Writing Magazine (U.K.) Year Index

I read several writing magazines, mostly in electronic form as the imported magazines available in Aussie new stands are very expensive. I've always been a subscriber of the two U.K. Magazines – Writer's Forum and Writing Magazine, but until now the editions went by without an easy method of referring back to articles.

Joanne Phillips is a British author, who also loves indexing. From her website, she's provided a PDF index of Writing Magazine, 2012 and 2011. Those direct links will open the PDFs for you. Also take time to check out Joanne's series on Self-Publishing, it's a major resource.


Friday Link Love for Writers 7June13

HuntingDownWriting Link LoveI post links to interesting blog posts and information for writers on an almost daily basis. Those tweets (cross-posted to my Facebook page) will appear in the Tweet summary in the footer of this website (and in my twitter stream) but I’m going to post a list of my favourites here again as some linky love.

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#ROW80 Checkin – Yep

row80Yep, doing okay. My goals of revising Blue Popcorn, my work from NaNoWriMo last year are being tasked out. I can’t say that I’m doing that work five days a week, there remain many distractions – the most prevalent being the 46 degree heat we went through on Friday here in Sydney. You can’t think, let alone work in that.

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