• 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…

  • Writing Journey

    “You Musn’t Be Afraid To Dream A Little Bigger, Darling”

    I was so glad when Eames (Tom Hardy) pointed that out in Inception, because I was thinking the same exact thing. Only why stop at just a bigger gun? Why not get a grenade launcher? And, dudes, if you haven’t seen this movie. It’s AWESOME. Go watch it NOW. 🙂 It’s no big secret that I’m an avid vampire fan. In fact, up until last August, I had only written one novel-length story (that’s right, just one) in the last 11 years that didn’t have a vampire in it. That’s just crazy. But while on the subject, I have often beat myself up for my last vampire story. The reasons were…

  • Characters,  Work-In-Progress,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    Adventures In 1st Person Land…

    For the first time ever, I’ve felt compelled to write in 1st person. Now, I have written in 1st person, but the last time was over a decade ago. I hadn’t been writing just too long and was all about experimenting with different techniques and styles and what not. I started writing in third exclusively after that last foray into first person because I love multiple viewpoint stories and it seemed to work well for me as a writer. But I admit, what I personally like best is not always what’s best for the story. Fast forward some years. Tried my first third person limited to one POV story (seriously,…

  • 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…

  • 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,…