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Thirteen of My Favorite Authors
1. David Eddings
2. Anne McCaffrey
3. Sara Douglass
4. Tamora Pierce
5. Piers Anthony
6. Robin McKinley
7. Catherine Coulter
8. Orson Scott Card
9. David Brin
10. Ursula Le Guin
11. John Peel
12. Jeff Smith
13. Larry Niven
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Bird by Bird Discussion
by JM
Hello everyone! I hope your week is going fabulously so far. Mine has been interesting, that’s for sure.
This week we’ll be discussing “Character” and “Plot”, two sections I’ve been eager to read, as I’m still in the beginnings of my current work in progress.
Lamott starts out the Character section with an image that doesn’t quite work for me, but it is plain enough to understand what she is saying. We all have inside spaces all our own that we get to do with as we wish. Your task as an author is to find out what the spaces inside your characters are like because if anyone should know your characters inside and out, it should be you.
I think one of the most important things Lamott points about the character is this: “As soon as you start protecting your characters from the ramifications of their less-than-lofty behavior, your story will start to feel flat and useless, just like in real life.”
Exactly right. I’ve seen this a lot, especially in younger writers. You have crafted this character you absolutely love. Perhaps he or she is the person you’d like to be someday. It’s natural to want to protect yourself and those you love from everything bad…and that makes for bad stories.
If a character gets the best by giving the worst, your readers are going to stop caring, stop reading, and move on.

Thirteen Books turned into Movies
1. The Postman
2. Harry Potter Series
3. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book One
4. Lord of the Rings books
5. The Bible
6. Blood and Chocolate
7. I Robot
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey
9. Misery
10. Rose Red
11. The Power of One
12. The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum
13. The Chronicles of Narnia
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