Tag Archives: characters

My Top Writing Experiences 2 – Character Connection

This post continues my September series. I’m sharing my top five writing experiences (so far). It’s my hope they’ll motivate and inspire others as we head into autumn. Rather than rank them, I’ve placed them in chronological order given they … Continue reading

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The Immeasurable Value of the Companion Creature

The most difficult part about writing this blog post has been keeping it beneath an insane length. I wanted a little fun this week and nothing is more fun than animal companions (sidekicks), especially in fantasy where you can really … Continue reading

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How Characters Respond

I’m continuing to draft, and doing so for the first time in the month of May. It’s a difficult month for me for a number of reasons and I’m hoping drafting will help. Most important to me at the moment … Continue reading

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The Major Shift Point

Ah, middles. No, not mine. I really don’t want to talk about my waistline. I’m talking story middles. You know, that place where, if you aren’t careful, the story becomes a wasteland. After all, from the 1st Plot Point to … Continue reading

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A Moment of Creative Spark

Plot origins, where do they come from? The sparks that are mine come from a multitude of sources. They’re also elusive after the fact, dreams lost after waking if I don’t hold tight to them. That’s especially true of my … Continue reading

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Reading Your Work: See it, Be it, Live it, Say it

At least at some point when editing, read your work in progress aloud. That’s common wisdom, excellent wisdom. For my part, though, it’s incomplete. All prose isn’t the same. Take this blog post, for instance. I draft on Tuesday, edit … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Animal

Animals in fiction. Truth be told, when I originally addressed the topic in 2016 it was as a joke. Then I discovered the value of animal characters in fiction. I’m keeping the original blog’s title because I loved it so … Continue reading

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