24. November 2007

Questions to Your Own Characters – Character Questionnaires

Many authors delve into the characters of a story before they begin writing it. A little aid to get to know your own characters are characters questionnaires. A list of questions to or about a character. Two of these are available at Gotham Writers’ Workshop:

» Character Questionnaires – Get to Know Your Characters

The first one is structured like a check list. It contains simple questions like “What is your character’s name?”, but also more in-depth questions like “What is her biggest fear? Who has she told this to? Who would she never tell this to? Why?”.

A nice twist has the second collection of questions. It is structured like an interview, so you can interview your own character. :)

These questionnaires are probably not revolutionary, but I think they can come in handy as a source for inspiration.

(via kreativrauschen.de)

Topics: authorshipquestionwriting

16. August 2006

Blogging is Education


By reading weblogs, you can learn stuff. So can you by reading other articles online, that’s not particularly surprising. What is special about weblogs is that you can also learn by writing articles.

Unless you are writing a stupid copycat article, writing an article requires quite a mental effort. To write a good article, you obviously have to understand what you are talking about. It requires a deeper understanding, because you have to transform your knowledge so that others can understand what you are talking about as well.

Generally, writing a blog article forces you to think a lot about your topic. Many might know this phenomenon from university. You often learn more when you have to write a paper about a topic than when you simply attain to the lectures.

So next time you want to learn something, why don’t you write an article about it? :)

Topics: bloggingeducationwriting

13. August 2006

The Risks of Storytelling as a Blogging Technique


Some people claim that storytelling is the most powerful copywriting technique. Recently, Brian Clark extended this claim to writing blog articles and wrote an exemplary story-like article.

Being interested in movie making, I am fascinated in the power of storytelling as well. Nevertheless, you should not forget that every technique has associated risks and might not be suitable for every possible application.

So, what are the risks when you write stories to transport information?

» read on!

Topics: bloggingcopywritingstorytellingtimewriting

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