[This is a golden oldie—the very first post on Indies Unlimited.]
Welcome one and all to Indies Unlimited, a blog for independent authors and independent readers.
The people have spoken. Nearly one percent of my Facebook fans (as well as some guy I met at a diner) all felt very strongly that I should start a blog – or at least they didn’t strongly object.
This fits well with my plans of total world domination. So now I set forth, following in the footsteps of other rich and famous bloggers like what’s-his-name and that one lady – you know the ones I mean, right? Never mind then.
Anyway, to throw you off the scent of my evil plan, this blog won’t really be about me. I want to keep you distracted by providing the very best entertainment that (no) money can buy. Here, you will find interviews with authors, reviewers and other industry bigwigs. I will continue the photo caption contests here as just a fun exercise to get your creative juices flowing. You’ll also see links, articles, reviews, memorable quotes and all kinds of things to divert and amuse you while I go through your pockets looking for loose change.
For now, it’s a one-man-show, but as soon as I stock up on duct tape and chloroform, I’ll be adding some co-bloggers. In the mean-time go ahead and snoop around. Do come back soon though.
Taking over the world one word at a time is a tough business. It’s even harder when you don’t have your own trivia master. That’s my theory anyway. Enter Rich Meyer, author of multiple trivia books and all-around smart guy. I am pleased to announce Rich has joined the team here at Indies Unlimited as a monthly contributor. Readers will enjoy the fun and games and Rich’s dry humor and acerbic wit.
Rich is a freelance writer, e-book author and reviewer of random things. He is also a member of the Old Time Radio Researchers group, and was a card-carrying member in good standing of the last incarnation of the Mister Ed Fan Club.
Rich has been a life-long fan of comic books, giant monsters, old-time radio, cartoons, 50’s science fiction flicks and TV, progressive rock, the music of Frank Zappa, weird cinema, Doc Savage, Mego action figures and all sorts of other geeky stuff. He is an avid trivia player, and has participated in the World’s Largest Trivia Contest (in his hometown of Stevens Point, Wisconsin) for over twenty-five years.
On Tuesday, we looked at physicalcharacter description. But there is a much more important aspect to character development…our weird, quirky brains and the weird, quirky things they make us do. Now, I admit, I am biased. My fiction is very character-based, and I think depth of character is more important than almost anything. That’s me. You may disagree. That is your right. I must warn you, however, that disagreeing with me will only start you down the path toward a lifetime bereft of joy and full of despair. Because I will find you. Trust me on that.
Now, when you are making a character, you want them to seem real. You also want them to stand out from the other characters. I’ve read a lot of books where the author feels it necessary to outline every single stupid thing a character thinks. Or maybe the author goes too far into trying to tell you what kind of person the character is. But it doesn’t have to be hard. In fact it is quite easy. Continue reading “Character Description – Psychological”