• Characters,  Creative Writing 101,  Tips

    C is for Character Development

    The Evolution of a Character Since I’ve been in shiny new idea city for a little while now, this has been on my mind a lot lately. And it got me thinking…is there a formula to this? Because sometimes I do this better than other times. So I want to look at the good times and document it for future reference. 🙂 I love examples, so let’s take a look at Petra. One of the things I did after observing her for a while is break her down to who she is in the simplest denominator. She is a juvenile delinquent. This is where I start. Next I moved on…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Interviews,  Tips,  Writing World

    Character Interviewing 101

    One of my favoritest parts of the pre-planning process are the Character Interviews! I really get to know my awesome creations, and here, during the interview process, is where they really come to life for me and take on little quirks and personalities of their own. ^_^ I started doing this a few years after working on a first draft for a year (the same draft!) and ended up not even liking my MC when I was done. I had a hard time figuring out what made her tick, and it was a big ole headache. And sad. Because after a couple of editing rounds, I realized I needed a…

  • Lists,  NaNoWriMo,  Tips

    On Speed-Writing…

    Poetry Corner is preempted this month to bring you this awesomefied list. With NaNoWriMo around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to post this since October is often NaNo planning month. ^^ I’ll be there, crazy project idea in hand! Anyone planning to join me? ^^ Preamble: Despite the fact that I regularly post up a ton of words when I’m drafting, my first NaNo trek fell horribly and embarrassingly short. (That’s what I get for going into last year so cocky, I guess.) But it was nothing if not a learning experience, so I’ve compiled a list of things I do to stay focused in…

  • Characters,  Tips

    On Characterization…

    On the writing boards, I see people worrying about having likeable characters. Here’s the cold, hard truth: characters don’t need to be likeable, overly identifiable, or anything like that….they need to be INTERESTING! Interesting characters will trump likeable characters every single time. Why was Hannibal Lector’s story so popular? He was disgusting. You know the answer…people found him interesting. I started reading a book called Splintered. It starts off with the girl talking about her bug collection. I don’t like the girl so far and I HATE bugs, but the girl is interesting, so I’ll keep reading. I’m also reading White Oleander. I have no idea what’s going on. But…

  • Tips

    On Prologues & Epilogues…

    Do you use them? Do you hate them? Do you even know what they are or how to use them? Regardless of your answers to those questions, it’s your lucky day. If you use them, read on and see you agree with me. If you hate them, perhaps I can change your mind. ^^ If you don’t know what they are or how to use them, perhaps I can show what they’re all about. Use the power…don’t abuse it.– which I’m sure is applied in some fashion to every superhero comic book/movie ever written What is a Prologue?The beginning. The introduction. An event or plot point that happens before the…