what if death is the end?
The boy had just lost his father. Sobbing with eyes too proud for tears, he held onto the widow. Tucking her head under his chin, he closed his eyes, perhaps paying the first visit to this new graveyard. They stood alone in the chaos of the emergency room, each in a different world of grief. And I wonder standing here.
Where was that exact moment when he was and suddenly he wasn’t?
Is it that abrupt? Is it that absolute?
There is a last breath; yes, with a static heart. But that is not where we step into the underworld, anxiously glancing at that expensive watch waiting for the ferryman. It is at this time that resuscitation pumps the heart from outside. So you should make a point of encouraging those around you to go to the gym once in a while and learn CPR. Who knows they might be…
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D. Wallace Peach offers some great prompts for creating characters.
While my days are spent grinding out my WIP, I thought I’d share an old post about writing character bios, specifically about using prompts to expedite the process.
The prompt-list below looks more complicated than it is (a result of explanations and examples). For some prompts, a word or two is sufficient, while others require some contemplation. Unsurprisingly, I force my main characters to endure the entire process; incidental players get a pass with a mere smattering of details, and everyone else falls somewhere in between.
Ultimately, I believe that this pre-work pays off, not only in rich characters. To me, the process of writing flows with greater ease. My characters are immensely cooperative in telling their own stories when they know who they are.
The External Character
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