• Creative Writing 101,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Writing World

    “Find Your Teeth and Bite”: 2016 Conference Highlights

    Welcome to highlights from the Fourth Annual Fall Creative Writing Conference, sponsored by MTSU Write. This year, the conference, held the second Saturday of September, was under new management and we got BAGS!! And a mug. Very exciting. 😊 In addition to that, I got to take home the gorgeous bouquet of sunflowers and other gorgeous foliage on my table! But that wasn’t the only thing that changed this year. Previously, poetry, non-fiction, and fiction sessions were all lumped together in the same room – one after the other. I liked this because it was nice to get a little bit of everything. However, this year they did longer breakout sessions instead. All…

  • Characters,  Facts of Life,  Movies,  Musicals

    Theatre Tour: Phantom of the Opera

    There are so many things I can say about The Phantom of the Opera: the awesomeness of the music, the beauty of the lyrics, the emotional turmoil! ^_^ It’s the perfect marriage between the opera (that I LOVE) and musical theatre. But today, I’m going to talk about Raoul, the childhood love of Christine Daae, and why that boy is a douche. 🙂 From the start, Raoul is painted as the wealthy patron of the theatre – a young man, who in his youth, would spend many summery vacations with his family on the same awesome summery grounds as Christine’s family. They had a cute little childish fling, and then…

  • Agent Hunt,  Creative Writing 101,  Poetry,  Tips,  Writing World

    That Time I Talked To A Gnat

    When is the last time you spoke to nature? Out loud? The last time I talked to something in nature was a couple of weeks ago. It was to a gnat flying around my computer. I apologized, and then I smashed it to guts with my bare hands. Yes, I am a gnat-catcher. And no, gnat guts do not bother me. But smushed gnats is not the topic of today’s wonderful, awesome post. No, on September 20th, I attended the Second Annual Creative Writer’s Conference of Middle Tennessee held at MTSU by the resident non-degree writing program MTSU Write, formerly (and I think betterly) known as The Loft. This is…

  • 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…

  • 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…