this link for detailed descriptions. (Of course, most people have more than one
kind of smarts.)
talk got me thinking about how I could use character smarts to improve my
writing. In every story, the main character must develop new skills, acquire
new knowledge, or overcome personal challenges to achieve his or her goals.
do this by learning.
how characters learn allows a writer to enhance character development and
strengthen the plot. Suppose a character is a picture-smart artist. If she
achieves her goals through an increase in self-confidence that accompanies the
refinement of her artistic skills, the novel will ring true. On the other hand,
if a self-smart individual, who prefers to work alone, is forced to collaborate
with a group of people-smart characters, the story will resound with tension.
kind of smarts does your protagonist have? How does he or she learn in your
frustrating and discouraging when writing grinds to a halt. Figuring out why
can be the first step to restarting the engine.
internal critic, the anti-muse, the self-doubt is too loud. Stories that exist
only in the writer’s imagination cannot be fixed. If I write it, I can improve
is happening. Sometimes every ounce of a writer’s creative energy is required
to cope with his or her own life so that nothing is left for characters’ lives.
I try to calm down, take notes if I can, and remember that life experiences
make me a better writer.
is happening in the story. Not every novel is an action-packed thriller, but writing
often stalls when the characters aren’t doing anything. I let them misbehave to
jumpstart the story.
writer can’t figure out how to solve a problem. If I’ve painted myself into a
corner, I go back to the last opportunity for escape and rewrite.
writer’s subconscious is aware of a problem that the writer’s conscious mind
has yet to recognize. I bring the last semi-working chapter to critique group,
and their feedback brings the problem to light.