Friends with Benefits – what that means when you’re a writer of Steampunk

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This is what I mean by friends with benefits – your characterizations benefit by having a group of protagonists and antagonists. As a writer, you need to look at your ‘cast’ and make sure they can work as a team in your narrative.


The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.
Charles Kuralt

As a writer, my characterizations can be as simple or complex as I want them to be. But no woman is an island. When constructing a character, you have to consider her friends and family. The relationships that your character treasures and nurtures, or allows to dwindle, can tell you much about a character as the way she fidgets in the presence of chocolate or sharpens her throwing knives when she is relaxing.

My mother says ‘Water finds its own level’, which is her way of saying that you generally…

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