• Characters,  Closet Mad Scientist,  Mechanics

    The Science of Interesting Characters

    Or why I interview my characters as part of the planning process. One day I was trying to figure out what made some of my characters more interesting than others. To help me figure out how the character’s ticked, I embarked on a snowball experiment. It’s not as fancy as it sounds. I literally threw snowballs at some of my characters. Here’s what transpired… Reagan: Started a full-fledged snowball war, complete with side-splitting laughter on both sides. Adria: Laughed at the notion that anyone would have the guts to throw a snowball at her. Felix: Laughed when it hit him, assuming it was some child who threw it at him.…

  • Agent Hunt,  Closet Mad Scientist,  Query Letter

    Closet Mad Scientist

    Today I’m unveiling the results of my top secret query experiment! In which I set out to prove a point to myself (and confirm some suspicions based on my and other writers’ experiences). It’s no surprise (to me anyway) that I find the query process a little scientific. So I wanted to conduct an experiment, the result of which might save myself (and perhaps others) a whole lot of time in the future. The Research: I ran around the internet trying to truncate my list of over 100 agents to get the ones I thought would be the best fit for the story I was sending out. (Hours scouring over…

  • Closet Mad Scientist

    New Project & Novel Trackers!

    I found this awesome, awesome novel tracker thingie here. It’s a completely customizable 30 day spreadsheet so you can use it outside of NaNoWriMo. She has one for tracking your progress over the course of a year from month to month, as well. I encourage everyone to check it out. I played around with it last night. It was a lot of fun. Here’s a link to a word count ticker like the one I’ve set up to your right. I thought it would motivate me if I could see the progress I’m making from week to week. I’ve given myself this lovely deadline of about 9 weeks (don’t ask,…