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Caleb used to love to read. Because he USED TO actually be able to do it in peace.
Now that his wife has passed away, it’s been difficult to be a single father and small business owner and still be able to find time for himself.
“Me and Namiki used to read together a lot, ya know? We didn’t even have to talk about anything we would just…sit and read in the same room with one another and it was one of the most intimate feelings in the world. Even if I could read a book alone, I would feel like I’m reliving a memory with her.”
But between working, raising two young children, eating, and sleeping, “there’s just no time for reading anymore, it seems like.”

But then Caleb heard about The Den: A gym for bookworms. He was able to find a sitter for his children and go there for a few hours one day a week.
It changed his life.
“Admittedly, I often sit and get some work things out of the way first, but I always get a chance to read a few chapters while I’m there. And I love it. I haven’t been in such a peaceful, stress-free environment since Namiki died. It’s a little bittersweet just because reading without her kind of…like…emphasizes her absence, right? And that hurts. But the fact that I get to do something that we both loved again is…something I just can’t put a price on. And it’s nice to do it while surrounded by a bunch of other bookworms and authors. It’s a totally different vibe from a library or even a bookstore. I’ve got to thank every single person who contributed to the campaign to open this place. The Den has saved my sanity. I can be a healthier, stronger father for my kids now. I’m even able to manage my workflow better! All because of The Den. Thank you!”
 

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How to Terrorize Characters: Character Development

Getting to know your character well means being able to write about them in a realistic manner. One question to ask yourself about your character is what scares them. Here are some ideas to help you direct your thinking on this aspect of your character’s development.

 

Levels of Fear

Not all fear is created equal. Sometimes, we are merely afraid that something will (not) happen. Other times, we would sacrifice our lives to make sure that something did (not) happen. When considering your character’s fears, it can be helpful to come up with a variety of things that scare them along the spectrum of fear.

For example, it might have scared Erika Wogo (Show Her) to have her readership on her blog dip for a week. Her logic being that people were no longer interested in what she had to say, possibly meaning that she no longer knows what she’s talking about regarding how to be an appropriate Handler, meaning she might not be the most desirable Handler in the city, meaning she might lose the interest of her Master, meaning she might be returned by him (the scariest thing of all for her).

Notice how her lower level fears tie into a scenario (being returned by her Master) that truly terrifies her and motivates much of her behavior throughout the novella. The lengths that she will go to in order to keep Khaled’s favor are extreme, as you may have read.

Things That Scare People

Here is a list of fears that I ran across in my practice as a psychotherapist (and life in general). This list is by no means comprehensive, but can help you start thinking more deeply about this aspect of your character’s development.

  • Balloons
  • Clowns
  • Insects
  • A specific gender
  • Sexual contact
  • Vehicular traffic
  • Job loss
  • Dentists
  • Cats
  • Standing out
  • Blending in
  • Having no purpose
  • Working “too much / hard”
  • Mental illness diagnoses
  • Physical illness diagnoses
  • Academic failure
  • Dogs
  • Driving
  • Public transportation
  • Rodents
  • Blood
  • Certain colors
  • Death
  • Religion
  • Parenthood
  • Infertility
  • Being / staying single
  • Being / staying married
  • Prescription drugs
  • Doctors
  • Reptiles
  • Being alone
  • Planes
  • Birds
  • Ghosts
  • Caves
  • Being around other people
  • Basements
  • Silence
  • Public speaking
  • Familiar things
  • Intimate / Serious conversations
  • Sobriety
  • Commitment
  • Intoxication
  • Loss of control
  • Being in charge
  • Inadequacy
  • Embarassment
  • War
  • Peace
  • Unfamiliar things

Track Fears

Creating a trail of motivations for someone’s fears helps you develop their character.

An example would be someone who is afraid of being in a management position. Ask yourself why they would be afraid of this. One track: “If I’m in charge, I could make a mistake.” –> “If I make a mistake, I’ll be fired and I’ll be embarrassed in front of my colleagues.” –> “If I’m embarrassed in front of my colleagues, my friends will find out.” –> “If my friends find out, they won’t want to spend time with me any more.” –> “If my friends don’t want to spend time with me any more, I’ll spend the rest of my life alone–my biggest fear!”

 

The track could also be more direct, such as: “If I’m in a management position, people could end up dying.” — > “When I was babysitting my 5 siblings one night 15 years ago, a fire took the life of my two youngest sisters.”  –> “I should never be in charge because I’m not a good enough manager to keep people from dying.”

 

Remember: A character’s rationale for their fears doesn’t have to make sense to you, it just has to make sense to them and fit a logic that is backed up by the world and circumstances you have put them in.

 

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New Audio Book: Show Her

FINALLY: The ‘Show Her‘ audio book is available on Audible. If you’ve been keeping up with Volo Press on social media, you know this has been a long and arduous process, but now it’s done. You can even get Show Her for free when you start an Audible free 30-day trial. Entertain your ears now!

 

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Now Open: Auditions for Feign II Audio Book

Are you a strong performer of poetry? Get over to ACX now and submit your audio using the Volo Press audition script for Feign II: The Downfall  by T. L. Curtis. Auditions close on 9-25-17, so you’d better hurry!

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Fast and Simple: Text to Order

Text to order books from Volo Press. Text your request to 404-666-1126 including the book title, quantity, and shipping address. You’ll receive a link to pay your total via PayPal. As soon as payment is received, your order will begin processing. Quick, easy, and convenient, Volo Press text-to-order is a bookworm’s best friend!

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Publishers Just Don’t Get It

I’m sure many authors taking the more frustrating route to getting published have the same experience! 😀
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Thinking of self publishing? Get a new author consultation to help you get answers to your questions and make educated decisions about your self-publishing strategy at Shop.Volo-Press.com/Services

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Stop Missing Out! 9-15-17 Newsletter

Today’s newsletter featured author Angie Gallion and a host of other great tidbits and you didn’t see it because you don’t subscribe. That’s a damn shame. Let’s change that right now, shall we?

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Smashwords Now Carries Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis

Get free samples and purchase the full download of Feign II: The Downfall now at Smashwords!

 

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Want a discount? Get your digital copy of Feign II directly from Volo Press at Shop.Volo-Press.com/eBooks!

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iPhone X: Write On

You’ve probably been reading about the Apple iPhone X all day. Now that you have some idea of what kinds of features will be available on the latest iPhone from Apple, get your creative juices flowing by answering some questions about iPhone X as only a fiction author can. Some of these question-prompts may sound absurd, but many plot lines have started off “bizarre” and ended up in a fascinating, exciting, or even a very scary place that offers a strong story line for audiences.

How does someone who has just been mauled or severely burned on their face call for help with the iPhone X if they’re alone?

Could Apple use all those shots of faces to create a database of the most beautiful people (in their opinion) to keep alive and kill all the rest?

How does the AirPower mat feel about charging devices to do things, but never being able to go out and see the world itself?

Why did Apple stop with facial recognition on the iPhone X? Why not bio-recognition (blood, hair, skin, etc.)?

Why isn’t the iPhone X screen completely wrap-around?

In how many different ways could the level of realism of the augmented reality from iPhone X end with someone’s death? What happens when someone tries to hold Apple responsible?

The neural engine can only be created by harvesting a human cerebrum. How does Apple get so many of those in their possession in order to create their stock of iPhone Xs?

Does Apple offer any kind of compensation for a twin using their siblings’ ApplePay account without permission?

 

 

Think deep and WRITE ON! 😀

 

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Barnes and Noble Carries Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis

Barnes and Noble is now carrying paperback copies of Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis. Follow this link to get yours right now!

 

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