Tomorrow is April 2nd, my 51st blog post. Now that I’ve reached 50 posts, tomorrow I’m sending shout-outs to my social media channels—but only once per channel per month, since there’s nothing more irritating than too much of a good thing. Except cats. I’ve found no ceiling on cat spam.
Also, since April is Autism Awareness Month, I’ve been blogging daily at WordPress.org, answering the question, “What’s it like to have autism?” With only personal anecdotal evidence to support my claims, I’m documenting my autistic experiences for 30 days, then later researching those claims, so you can:
- see what my persuasive writing method looks like, from conceptualization through research; &
- learn more about autism—hurray!
Visit Cleo’s Autism Awareness to read more, or continue on to learn about how I study human behavior to develop character…
Listing 👀 7 Ways to Zoom through Character
When you readOr hear. a story, you want the characters to be real. So authors study human behavior to try to emulate a realness—even if it’s not 21st century Earth reality, writing must convince you.
Here are 7 methods I use to study character before my daily fiction writing:
- What’s it like to be [community role]? This is person-to-person scale.
- Cultural study. This is person-to-community scale; it requires moderately zooming out.
- Setting as a character. This is person-to-world scale; it requires zooming enormously out.
- Collective unconscious. This is the person-to-universe scale; it requires zooming out as much as you can, well as zooming in as closely as possible. It’s wild.
- Body as a character. This is mind-body-spirit scale; it requires zooming in just a little bit, so that you separate one person into three parts.You can also split one person into two parts: conscious vs. unconscious, or the two hemispheres of the brain.
- Body as a galaxy. This is an acknowledgement of the limitless potential of a character. Works better for novels than novellas and short stories. When I decide to study character this intimately, I write a lot of dialogue with the character before bringing them on stage; I’d rather get to know them before we work together to create a scene.
- Family study. Another interesting way to develop character is to do a study on a family tree. For example, I’m fascinated by Ancient Egyptian pharaohs and the Tudors.
Here are three other examples to help illustrate this character study process.
Prewriting 😎 What’s It Like to Be a Therapist?
In the spirit of my first major,I was a psychology major for three years, but when I transferred from community college to university, I switched to an English major; this impulse decision changed the trajectory of my life. here’s an awesome video describing the process of becoming a therapist:
We need more mental health professionals, in wake of our mental health crisis; one out of four people in this country will experience some form of mental illness this year. The results are dire; the tenth leading cause of death in our society is suicide.
I plan on writing a novella with a therapist as the main character, so I can bring yet more attention to mental illness. The hard question is: cyberpunk or high elves?
Prewriting 😉 Cultural Study of Amish
Here’s some more research for novella writing: the Amish. I think no-tech spaces will expand in the future, so it’s good to be aware of the decisions the human race makes when living segregated from most 21st century innovations.
These desks, though (@5:12):
Is it a stock photo, or a representative image? Either way, the interdependence built within the desk structure is interesting. Also, they learn with a teacher until eighth grade, then they work on family, religious, and community activities in teenage.
Also, at sixteen years of age, they engage in a Rumspringa: a ritual where they expose themselves to the modern world. This is to help them understand whether or not they want to go through with adult baptism and live in an Amish community, or instead transition into 21st century living.
Prewriting 🤪 The Internet as a Character
What if the Internet turned into a superintelligent AI? What if this is a character humanity interacts with every day? These questions took me here:
I love his explanation of cognitive offloading at @1:30; he explains reliance without painting it dark. Also, keeping watching, because @8:00, he explains how our text message experiences are the first step towards our virtual reality experiences.
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