Tag Archives: characters

Naming Stuff: Characters

If you’re a writer, naming stuff is important, and all the more so if you write in a genre outside our real world. Worldbuilding as extensively as I do, I could probably devote an entire naming post to the various … Continue reading

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Conflict Via the Character Known as Setting

Describing setting is often a struggle for me, yet I recognize its importance as a character. That’s why, when I developed the island nation of Pannulus, I focused on worldbuilding that’d create worthy settings. There’s no finer example than Cape … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Writing Room: Avoidance

It wasn’t my conscious intention at the outset to draft the writing elephant in the room, but that was what I did. Case of the Deadly Stroll was, on the surface, a fantasy noir mystery. A layer down, it was … Continue reading

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Choosing a Backstory Course

I hold to the belief that each book is different and I must adapt, not the other way around. Time has reinforced that belief as it applies to all aspects of drafting and revising. For instance, and most important, the … Continue reading

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The Character that Finds Defiance

Defiance, it’s on my mind because events in Ukraine are corresponding with my work on Book5, Torment Surfacing. Over the course of the novel, my persecuted protagonist needs to find defiance of her own. It made me more conscious of … Continue reading

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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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