Monday, April 20, 2020

Quotes #AtoZchallenge #writetip

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My theme this year is blogging about my author brand. Mondays' posts are on character tips.

#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter Q


There are billions of characters in fiction. What's one way we remember them?

The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield thinks you're a phony #quote Bart Simpson Eat My Shorts #quote
Die Hard John McClane #quote Yippee Ki Yay
John McClane - Die Hard

We remember quotes and catchphrases. That's why giving them to your main character can be useful. It can also reveal something about your character.

From Fractions of Existence, I have one pretty good example to share and one sort-of-okay example.

This is a pretty good example because Heath's use of the word magma reveals something about his character and makes him memorable. (It's an Urban Fantasy and not all readers figure out what this reveals in the first book, but it becomes more clear in book two.)

This is a sort-of-okay example because Xavier uses the word "reunite" fairly often. It's a reference to his main external and internal goals in the book. But it isn't used in such a way as to be catchy for the audience. It's not likely that "we must reunite our kind" would appear on a t-shirt, for example.

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Can you think of a quote or catchphrase of a fictional character?
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  1. 'Grey cells' by Hercule Poirot became quite famous though I don't remember the exact quote. :)

  2. Thanks for stopping by for a visit over the weekend. I'm playing catch up this morning. Might I point out when you signed in to leave a comment on my WP site, you used an old web URL, which perplexed me at first and then I googled ya to discover your new blog home. :) You may wish to change that info for others to find you easier. Quotes are immensely popular for t-shirt and other merchandise. Excellent idea for the letter 'Q'.

    Cathy's Pinup Girl Art Sketch Series 'Q' hits the 4M dance floor

    1. Huh. I hadn't actually "signed in" to anything, though I suppose wordpress just keeps me signed in. I thought I had updated my website listing everywhere. :(
      I'm not too hard to find. Right there at the top of the A to Z Master List.

      Thanks for the heads up!

  3. All I can remember is "Hasta La Vista, Baby" from Arnold Schwarzenegger. :)

  4. Interesting. I've never really thought about catch phrases like that :-)

    An A-Z of Faerie: Banshee


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