Characterization, meaning presenting character through non-verbal means. This shows up in the way they choose their words, the way they dress, the way they hold themselves and all kinds of other details. The Mad Writers get flummoxed but then manage to rally and figure out several things about creating characters through showing and not telling. They discuss examples from Daredevil (the Netflix show), Mary Robinette Kowal, their own work as well as the sleazy lounge singer, and Lionel Cheese that sprung out of Tim’s effort to speak in a lounge singer voice. They finish off the episode by discussing why exactly a writer needs to work on characterization.

Recommended reading

Tim’s recommendation: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction September/October 2016
Jay’s recommendation: The Dragonbone Chair: Book One of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (Osten Ard) by Tad Williams
Nina’s recommendation: Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant

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Intro and outro music comes from “Cephalopod” by Kevin MacLeod (; licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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