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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday Review

Final comments on Sway, The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior....

Despite how long it took me to finish (a symptom of my busy life, not reflection on the text itself), I found this book engaging, educational, and sometimes entertaining (watching somebody make a trainwreck decision can be horrifyingly riveting). Learning why somebody would make that decision is useful to a writer, in that we make decisions--good and bad--for many characters all the time.

One particularly interesting bit toward the end of the book, was where 4 distinct personality types involved in any family dynamic or decision making process, were described:
  • The Initiator (think Ferris Bueller)
  • The Blocker (think his friend Cameron, trying to stop him)
  • The Supporter (can take either side)
  • The Observer (can you say passive?)
It's not a very long book, and worth the time for anybody who wants to know the why behind their characters' actions.

Piper Denna
Romance is sexy!

1 comment:

Sutton Fox said...

Thanks for the review!

It's tough enough to make decisions in our own lives some days, and then we take on characters too. We can use all the help we can get. lol.