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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: JMS- do you use character charts?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 7/14/2002 3:30:00 PM  

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>"Most writers use some form of character chart as a way to get to know
>their characters better. Basically, you're looking for something
>that's a cross between a police profile and personal. Keep completed
>character charts handy while you're writing; with these charts posted
>on your bulletin board or on your computer desktop, you can instantly
>find the detail(s) you need."
>
>Do you do anything like this, or keep it all in your head?

I keep it all in my head.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: JMS- do you use character charts?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 7/15/2002 3:34:00 PM  

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>"I keep it all in my head."
>
>Have you always? Or, if I can broaden the question, have you changed
>the way you go about writing over the years? Sort of the way one gives
>up training wheels at some point? Or were you just born riding the
>2-wheeler?

Yeah, pretty much...when I conceive a character, they're just sorta *there*,
fully grown, and I no more have to write down their characteristics than I
would have to write down the aspects of a friend I knew well, it's just the way
I've always been.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
(all message content (c) 2002 by synthetic worlds, ltd.,
permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine
and don't send me story ideas)

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