Impractical Applications (Too Politically Canny)

The heroine of my current writing project developed a lot of her characterization partly as my attempt to add to the short list of adrenaline junkie social manipulator heroines in the combined body of speculative fiction. A nice goal, but given that her first appearance involves her learning the necessary political skills, I was encountering [...]

Showing Politically Skilled Characters

Let’s face it, intrigue is fun: it creates cerebral rather than physical conflicts, gives the audience a chance to match wits with the characters, and leads to some of the best sneaky maneuvering and one-liners a fictional setting can allow. Then it gets tangled up with politics, and things get really interesting; a politically skilled [...]