“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” ― John Wooden There is real truth in those words. Something we all need to be aware of, all the time. It's easy enough to begin to slide along any given path and assume you've made it. … Continue reading The Real Truth
More on naming your characters. The sound of a name says it all. For the strong, alpha, bad boy, totally masculine character you will probably want a name that sounds sharp, short and strong. Names that garner attention. Bad boys, particularly villains, who deserve as much attention as heroes, have specific name needs.No villain should … Continue reading How does that sound?
“Both desire and imagination are stored in the mind of the individual and when stretched, both have the potential to position a person for greatness.” ― Eric Thomas Storytellers who write what they know...what they have experienced, what they have observed in others, what they have lived through, and what they deal with on an … Continue reading Write What You Know
“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche So all the rules you can't seem to help breaking today which will land you in plenty of hot water maybe perfectly acceptable tomorrow. Just go with it. Things change. If … Continue reading Truth or Power?
How important are secondary characters? Very Important. Think for just a minute how you might see The Harry Potter series without Neville Longbottom. Or perhaps Pride and Prejudiced with Jane Bennett. Not so interesting, huh? Important to remember the names for secondary characters. They should not be similar to the hero or the heroines name. … Continue reading Secondary Characters
We spend a lot of time writing and rewriting the hero. After all, everyone expects him to be perfect. Especially if you're writing Romance. Romance readers are a finicky group. They've earned the right to be by their support of the fiction market. Many genres include romance, i.e, romantic suspense, historical romance, paranormal romance, contemporary … Continue reading How About Characters who are Villains?
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?
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…
Conflict is the promise we make to our readers. Once we set the stage, bring the reader into our characters ordinary world, it is conflict that keeps him reading our story. But first, you need to get your readers attention. Building a character that is sympathetic, someone we and the readers can identify with, someone … Continue reading Conflict