Reprise: Four Ways to Show a Character’s Skill Without Having Her Use It

Originally posted on June 30, 2009

One complaint people often have about bad writers is that they claim their characters are good at doing a certain thing or have a certain interest, but there’s next to no evidence in the text that it’s actually true. Characters who love books [...]

Character and World: But You Do This Wrong….

A long time ago, I wrote about minimum acceptable skills or knowledge, the kinds of things that people need to be able to know or do in order to be accepted into an organization, be respected in a society, or otherwise show themselves as being worthy of a position or title. But today I found [...]