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The Heartbeat of the Novel by James R. Callan
1/15/2014 12:00:01 AM by: Patti Shene

Featured Book: Character: The Heartbeat of the Novel

Author's Name: James R. Callan

Publisher: Oak Tree Press

Genre: Self-help (specifically for writers)

Stand Alone or Series: Stand alone

Target Age: Any age Writer

 

James is offering

a Giveaway of his book.

Check below to see how to

enter to win!

 

 

First Impressions

One of the standard bits of advice we get is, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Of course, this refers to real people. But, you want to create characters in your book with such care that they are real people – to you the author, and to your readers. You need to treat them as real people.

The first impression your protagonist makes should be carefully crafted. You need to decide what impression you want to make on the reader. It may be subtle, but as a first impression, it will stick.

How do we as humans make that first impression? It can be by the way we walk or hold our head, the expression on our face, the clothes we wear, how we wear them or our attention to how we look. It might be the first words out of our mouth, how we present ourselves to strangers, or any of a dozen other ways. We want to make our characters “real” people, so these aspects of first impressions apply.

Example: The silky material clung to every curve and garnered the attention of all the males, and many of the females, in the crowded room. Jane tugged at the skirt, trying to keep it from hugging her hips. Why did she get talked into wearing this? Her blue cotton skirt and white blouse would have been more comfortable.

Do we get a strong impression about Jane?

Consider the two women below. Do you get different impressions based on how they deal with makeup?

Example. Jennifer fished a lipstick out of her purse and with two quick motions ran a hint of pink across her lips.

Example. Ashley used a fine brush to outline her lips, opened another tube and brushed on a deep rose color to her lips. Finally, she applied a thin coat of gloss. She studied the effect. It was only a casual lunch. This would do.

Note that we have not told the reader; we have shown the reader. We have made an impression.

This is just one topic I cover in Character: The Heartbeat of the Novel (2013, Oak Tree Press), available on Amazon  http://amzn.to/13ADvF3

 

Leave a comment to be placed in the drawing to win a copy of The Heartbeat of the Novel between now and Wednesday, January 29th at midnight (MST). Don't forget to leave your contact email so you can be notified if you win!

 

After a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love—writing.  He wrote a monthly column for a national magazine for two years, and published a number of non-fiction books.  He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense. His latest suspense book is A Ton of Gold (Oak Tree Press, 2013). His latest non-fiction book is How to Write Great Dialog, 2014.

James welcomes visitors to his website and his blog.

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Comments

Patti Shene From Colorado At 1/30/2014 12:32:21 PM

We have a winner! Congratulations to Susan Reinhardt for winning a copy of James' book! Thank you to all who stopped by.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 1/30/2014 12:30:29 PM

Thank you for the compliment, James. It was a pleasure to have you as a guest on The Over 50 Writer.

James Callan From Texas At 1/30/2014 12:09:31 PM

Thanks, Janice and Jeannie for reading the blog and commenting. Of course you are on the right track if you are following blogs like Patti's. Good luck on the drawing - and remember to nurture the Heart of the Novel.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 1/27/2014 11:33:04 AM

Thank you for coming by and entering the contest, Jeannie.

Jeannie Campbell From California At 1/27/2014 9:56:13 AM

I'd love to have another craft book on characterization for reference. Thanks for the opportunity!

Janice Garey From Decatur, GA At 1/25/2014 8:38:52 PM

The difference is in the details. Thank you for showing how to work those details into the work in a natural sounding mannner. Would love to win this book to boost my writing.

James Callan From Texas At 1/25/2014 4:52:07 PM

Thanks Diane and Cheri for stopping by and visiting. I hope the post reminded you that first impressions are very important. Good luck on the drawing for the book.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 1/18/2014 9:46:56 PM

Thank you for stopping by and entering the contest, Cheri.

Cheri Swalwell From midWest At 1/18/2014 6:09:03 PM

Thank you for this opportunity to have a chance to win. [email protected] in Him, Cheri :)

Patti Shene From Colorado At 1/17/2014 9:46:53 AM

Thank you for stopping by, Diane. I wish you the best in your new career. You are entered in the drawing.

Diane Nunley From Tennessee At 1/17/2014 7:41:11 AM

II love to read about people who have retired and have developed new careers. I hope to do the same. Thank you for the opportunity to have a chance on winning his book.

James Callan From Texas At 1/16/2014 9:48:04 PM

Thanks, Anne, for your insightful comment. If we can make the reader identify with a character, then we've captured that reader. And more important, we've done our job as an author very well.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 1/16/2014 8:24:08 PM

Thank you for stopping by, Anne. I agree that the more we can do to help readers know characters, the more enjoyable our fiction will be.

Anne Schroeder From anneschroederauthor.blogspot.com At 1/16/2014 3:32:54 PM

I'm all about writing subtleties into character description. For me it's like formatting a mystery, only the character tics are the clues. Strong, nuanced character clues are what satisfies the character-driven novel and satisfies intuitive-feeling readers. Go James.

James Callan From Texas At 1/16/2014 1:27:41 PM

Thanks for the comment, Susan. And if you're looking for ways to improve your writing, you will continue to improve. Complacency leads to stagnation.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 1/16/2014 9:55:01 AM

Thanks for stopping by, Susan You are entered!

Susan J. Reinhardt From PA At 1/16/2014 6:04:16 AM

Thanks for the excerpt. I'm always looking for ways to improve my writing. This looks like a winner. Please enter me in the giveaway. susanjreinhardt AT gmail DOT com

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