Tag: Psychology

Using Psychology to Research a Character: Testing
July 24, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

Want to know your spirit animal? There’s a test for that. In fact, there is a test for just about anything you want to know. Most of us know the ones on Facebook are just for entertainment but some are valid tools used in psychology to help people better understand themselves. But what about personalities?
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Character Development Courtesy of World Building
June 9, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

Have you ever stopped to think about how environment affects development? In psychology, one theory examining the interaction between development and environment is Ecological Systems Theory by Urie Bronfenbrenner. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what does this have to do with writing and character development, but trust me a little. It does. Let’s take a
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World-Building and Psychology
May 12, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

Did you know there is quite a bit of psychology that goes into world-building? Or at least there should be. What often comes to mind first in world-building is the physical environment, right? Then things like clothes, food, some cultural elements, and different races/peoples. Hopefully, you’re nodding your head agreeing with all of this so
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The Psychological Potholes
April 10, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

Some of the biggest obstacles for authors are all in their head. Psychologically speaking, of course. You are going along just fine on the Writing Road, then BAM!  One of your tires hits a pothole and jars you into rethinking your path. Let me introduce you to a few of them.  Not all.  Everyone has
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Embracing Chaos: A Writer’s Perspective
December 5, 2016 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

My first book, Crystal Unicorns, manifested itself from chaos.  I needed a source for unresolved feelings and issues…and to kill someone- figuratively, not literally. I didn’t want to go to jail. Many authors start with the one book they pour all their energy into, and then doubt they can write a second book. (Sheepishly raises
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