New parents spend time and energy choosing the perfect name for tier offspring. Some writers spend a few hours choosing a character name, and rightfully so. This is a declension which can mean the difference between success and failure for your character, or maybe even your book. You can choose a name that molds the … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Interviewing the hero is a good start, if that works for you. If not, I'm going to give you some guidelines about what a hero should--and shouldn't be, and how he might act. Remember, writing doesn't have a lot of "rules" per se, but if you want your hero to be likable, you will at … Continue reading How do I make that hero shine?
There are a lot of questions you'll be asking about developing any character. Some writers like to sit down and "interview" the characters they'll be working with over the course of a story. I am not one of those writers. Is is wrong to interview characters? Yes, and no. If you use this method to … Continue reading Defining Characters
As soon as you open your novel, on the very first page, in the very first line...what your character does and says will make or break him/her --and by association, you--as a writer. You only get this one chance to gimme a hero. He/she must be unique but ordinary, courageous but vulnerable, strong and weak … Continue reading Gimme a Hero…
I'll be the first one to say, in spite of the excitement which accompanies starting a new project or a new book, there is also an element of fear. Fear is the one thing which diverts our attention from a project which we anticipated, and causes us to doubt if the endeavor will be successful. … Continue reading Where do I start?
For the past several weeks I've been offline. Yeah, computer problems. Everyone has them and most of us suffer in silence, or just moan and whine a little but press on when the problems are resolved. I won't do that. I have decided this is an opportunity to strike off in a new direction and … Continue reading Apologies & Introducing a New Book
“We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.” ― Walter Anderson This post speaks to the issue of sharing your work with others. I know, I know. You write for the satisfaction of having created something from the sheer fabric … Continue reading Trust
“Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality.” ― Les Brown Do you sometimes put too much stock in what others say? Spend too much time worrying what other think? These are the two foremost traits of the dreaded internal editor. They are deadly to the pursuit of a writing career. I'll be … Continue reading Opinion vs. Reality
“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ― Unknown This week, I know exactly what happiness means. My DH decided it was time for me to have a new desktop computer. I liked my old one, but it threatened to have a stroke … Continue reading Happiness
“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ― St. Francis of Assisi In order to write that novel you always talk about, or dream of writing, you must start. I know you may not have the skills required to write the next great American novel. I … Continue reading Learning the Craft