Monthly Archives: December 2012

  1. Don’t Fear the Static Character

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    December 31, 2012 by bradcharlesbeals

    The word static, when describing a character, does not have to be dirty. Think of the static character as a …
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  2. The Constant Conscience

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    December 29, 2012 by bradcharlesbeals

    In Sophocles’ play Antigone, the conscience of each character is fixed with the same message: submit to the gods, it says. The drama begins …
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  3. Subdue Your Muse

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    December 29, 2012 by bradcharlesbeals

    I had a student ask why some lines, like Shakespeare’s “something wicked this way comes”, stick around and almost nothing …
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  4. Zero-prop Fiction

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    December 19, 2012 by bradcharlesbeals

    One of the first things I do with clients who provide existing content is to look for the zero-prop filler–language …
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  5. The Writer’s Habitat

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    December 11, 2012 by bradcharlesbeals

    British Lit is a survey course, so we jump from one period to the next. Usually the periods are divided …
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