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An Interesting Character

I enjoy Pinterest for a bunch of reasons, and one of them is the humor. I find funny sayings, pictures, posters, quotes, you name it. Today I saw this photograph:   It was easier to post the picture than try to explain a sandwich-board sign coated in chalkboard paint… or maybe not. I don’t know … Continue reading

The Joy of Lists

I want to finish my overview Marc McCutcheon’s book  Building Believable Characters today, despite the fact that there’s still a lot to cover. The entire second half of the book is lists. Lots of lists. I love lists, so this is a great book for me. Here’s what you’d find if you bought the book:   … Continue reading

Hobbies and Sports

Unfortunately, I’m sitting around today wasting time instead of writing. My self-discipline seems to have headed for higher ground, and it only bothers me a little bit. A mental health break to play with Facebook and my iPad seems fitting. But back to business. I’m picking some of the good stuff out of Marc McCutcheon’s book … Continue reading

Psychological Problems: PICA, PRESSURED SPEECH, PSYCHOGENIC PAIN DISORDER, and PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL DISORDER

I’m getting close to the end of this section of Marc McCutcheon’s book  Building Believable Characters. Thanks for sticking with me. Today’s psychological problems include PICA, PRESSURED SPEECH, PSYCHOGENIC PAIN DISORDER, and PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL DISORDER. Those are some fun words to type. Now let’s see what they mean and how they can be used to create … Continue reading

Psychological Problems: MISANTHROPY, MISOGYNY, NARCISSISM, and PANIC DISORDER

I’m sifting through Marc McCutcheon’s book  Building Believable Characters for character building goodness. I’m still in the  section called PSYCHOLOGICAL/PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS. Today’s problems include MISANTHROPY, MISOGYNY, NARCISSISM, and PANIC DISORDER. There were a few in the list I skipped, either because they’ve been done so many times they’re stale, or they’re too yucky to talk about. … Continue reading

Psychological Problems: MANIC-DEPRESSIVE, MARTYRDOM, MASOCHISM, MEGALOMANIA

Marc McCutcheon’s book  Building Believable Characters has a section called PSYCHOLOGICAL/PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS that I’m mining for useful stuff. Today’s psychological problems include manic-depressive, martyrdom, masochism, and megalomania. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?   The definition for MANIC-DEPRESSIVE PSYCHOSIS offered by McCutcheon reads like this: “a disease characterized by mood swings, from normal to depressed or from normal … Continue reading

Psychological Problems: Mania

Before Spring Break, I was discussing Marc McCutcheon’s book  Building Believable Characters. (Note: I took two weeks for my break because that’s how I roll.) The book has a section called PSYCHOLOGICAL/PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS, and I’m to the bit that lists mania types. The fun part of the list is the right column, which gives the technical … Continue reading