There are heaps of articles, lists of questions, charts and what not, all for the purpose of developing characters. Next to plot (or before plot. That's another discussion) the characters are the most important part of a novel. So, it seems they should be given special attention. But how much? Is the 100 facts questioner, … Continue reading Character Backgrounds: Yes or No?
I recently read an article about writing villains. It said something interesting about them, about why they are so important. The article said that without the villain, the hero is nothing. The conflict that the villain creates makes the hero interesting. Heroes are predictable and boring when circumstances are regular. The hero's chance to shine … Continue reading On Heroes and Villains
A few days after Christmas, my sister and I were sitting by the Christmas tree. All the house lights were on dim, snow was outside, lights were twinkling. We both had gotten a big old anthology. Her's was on Russian children's stories, mine was of British fairy tales. She read out loud one from mine. … Continue reading Old Fairytale Finds
I've been taking a class by Aaron Sorkin on screenwriting recently, via masterclass.com. One of the lessons was entitled Intention and Obstacle. Even though it's about screenwriting, it really applies to any kind of drama, especially of course, novels. For me, Sorkin explained how to create conflict in very clear terms. Thought I'd share what I learned! Intention Your … Continue reading Intention and Obstacle
This January I re-looked at my life and made my plans for the next few months. They're pretty exciting, including the screenwriting masterclass I'm taking with Aaron Sorkin. Among my plans are making the final steps to turn my blog professional. Which, after some attempts last night, didn't go so well. But never mind. I had some … Continue reading New Year. New Changes
*The elephant has been named* Meet Barbossa! He is the new mascot for the Green Crow Trilogy, and he was just sniffing out my latest book I've been reading, We Were Soldiers Once...And Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G Moore (Ret). and Joseph L. Galloway. I lot of people are making lists and goals of … Continue reading Reading Goals for 2017
Christmas has been great, let's hope 2017 has some good times in store. I will be starting some new things in January. I will be charging full-speed ahead for June. I plan to have a first draft of the Red Dream completed by then. With that I want to introduce the Green Crow Trilogy's (Yes, … Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
So yeah. I didn't make it. I got to 27,000 and got stuck. Fine. I kind of quit. A weekend of a crazy busy work/Nutcracker schedule sealed the deal for me. But that's alright. Trial and error, right mateys? I still finished half a novel in a month, which usually would have taken me several. … Continue reading What I Learned from Nanowrimo
Writers. We all know we can't wait for the moment of inspiration to write, because frankly, we would never get anything done. Just like you can't wait for a spring cleaning urge to pick up the house. Sometime you have to clean, because your house is just that bad and it's getting close to Thanksgiving … Continue reading Inspiration
It's November. It's Nanowrimo. I have a blog planned out, all poetic and about inspiration and such. But I'm not feeling it today, because I still have 667 more words to write, meat to eat, and ornaments to finish. It's only 4:30. I feel like it's 7. I hate daylight savings (it's all Ben Franklin's … Continue reading Silver Playlist