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Flannery’s Favorites–Day 2

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Have you looked at the word-count meter yet? Isn’t Kaye doing well? There may be hope for Jamie and me yet!

Flannery McNeill back with you again today to bring you more of my favorite posts from Kaye’s archives. Let’s go back a little ways today to one of the first series Kaye did—and a topic that’s always of great interest: Character Casting!

Be Your Own Casting Director–Character Casting.
Be Your Own Casting Director: Introduction
Be Your Own Casting Director: Real World Template Exercise
BYOCD: Creating a Casting Book
BYOCD: Collecting Images
BYOCD: Putting RWTs to Work for You
BYOCD: Guided Brainstorming with RWTs

And here’s a series I quote from liberally whenever I’m trying to explain to a new writer the difference between showing and telling:

Showing vs. Telling
Showing vs. Telling—An Introduction
Showing vs. Telling—The First Date
Showing vs. Telling—Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Showing vs. Telling—In the Eye of the Beholder
Showing vs. Telling—Feeeeeeeeeelings . . .
Showing vs. Telling—Do You See What I See?
Showing vs. Telling—Do You Smell What I Taste?
Showing vs. Telling—The Sixth Sense
Showing vs. Telling—Puppets, Cartoon Characters, or Live Action?
Showing vs. Telling—When to TELL

8 Comments
  1. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:16 am

    Hey, Flan. I sent you an e-mail a couple of days ago about that idea I mentioned at dinner Friday night. Haven’t heard back from you. Are you ignoring me? 😉

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    • Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:19 am

      Is pretending you don’t exist the same as ignoring you? 😀

      You do remember I said I’d be working long hours this week, don’t you? Why do you think I barely wrote anything on this post? Besides, I had to stop yesterday with Kaye and do a complete read-through and edit of the first 55,000 words *and* help her put together a timeline calendar for our book, which took about twenty-seven straight hours. Next time, you get to stay up all night working—after all, you’re the one with all the extra time on your hands right now!

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      • Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:23 am

        Oh, and there’s that other thing we need to talk about—that thing in your office. I’d never tell anyone else about it, but I’m definitely curious.

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        • Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:24 am

          You irritate me so much. You know I have piles and piles of work to get done and you just keep picking.

          I’m responding to your e-mail right now.

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  2. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 2:23 am

    Hey Flannery, sorry to intrude on your chat, but I have to tell you how much Kaye means to me. Her fantastic writing series helped me to reach my dream of getting published!

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  3. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:46 am

    I love these posts and will go to them from time to time! I’ve started my own Character Casting Book, but haven’t had the time to work on it lately. This summer….:)

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  4. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:37 am

    Character-casting is one of my favorite things, and I have Kaye to thank for that!!

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  5. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 6:17 pm

    Gah, a guy shouldn’t get to gleefully ignore what a woman is saying to him and pick on her instead, AND look so handsome doing it. He reminds of the little boys on the playground picking on the girls they secretly have a crush on. You do see that, Flannery, right? Charming, huh?

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