Posted on January 26, 2023 at 3:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It's been a gloomy January and deadlines are looming, so author Heather Webb has been indulging herself — sometimes healthfully (like with exercise), other times, less so (like with wine and internet scrolling).

But ultimately, she says, that was good for her writing.

And not because (or not just because) it helped her relax in any way, but because it gave her fodder for character development.

Webb challenges you to reflect on the self-soothing techniques that your character(s) might use and how that might reveal personality traits or past experiences.

Read her reflection on self-soothing and microtensions in fiction at Writer Unboxed.

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