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Join me Tuesday, April 4 Willamette Writers Monthly meeting at The Old Church

Why Characters Do What They Do Motivation, goals, and stakes drive fictional characters to act, take risks, and get into heaps of  trouble. And then more trouble.  These devices also reveal and distinguish characters, propel character growth, and create drama and conflict because opposition will interfere. Motivation stems from a potent brew of a character’s […]

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I’m speaking at the June 3 Willamette Writers meeting, Portland

I’ll be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Willamette Writers on Tuesday, June 3.  Doors open at 6:30 and I’ll start yakking around 7:00.  Free to members, $5 for nonmembers. My topic: Risky Business or how to create compelling, larger-than-life surrogate warriors, bad ass anti-heroes, believable antagonists, and quirky, memorable cast members for your […]

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