Character names can be tricky. They're one of the first details that introduce readers to your world and what they can expect from your story. They need to be grounded in that world, wherever it may be, unique enough so that you don't get mixed up with any other well-known names, fictional or real, but … Continue reading What’s in a [Character] Name?
After a little birthday hoopla last week, this week it was back to the books—both reading and writing (or re-writing). I have to admit, it wasn't easy to write this week either. I'd come to a section that I knew needed significant restructuring, and I wasn't keen on taking it on (again). But I think … Continue reading Odds & Ends 2/18-2/24
To pants or to plot? That is the question. At least, for a writer it is. I've been tossing around a new idea in my head lately, but so far that's all it is—a general circumstance, a few characters, and a handful of humorous dialogues. I haven't put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard … Continue reading Odds & Ends 1/14-1/20
Review of the CW's Elseworlds Crossover Event
Special shout-out to Mrs. Toombs's summer school writing class for making this past week extra awesome! I got to start my week off discussing my writing process with the class, and I even had the privilege of reading samples of their work. If you ever want to test your knowledge on a subject, try making … Continue reading Odds & Ends 6/25-7/01
I originally posted this article a year ago, but I think it's a good one to revisit, especially since I'll be doing some beta reading myself tomorrow! Assembling your team of beta readers is kind of a big deal. After all, these are the people whose opinions and knowledge you're going to let shape … Continue reading Choosing Your Team: Beta Readers You Want (And Some You Don’t)
It was back to the basics this week while editing. I had a scene that just didn't seem right, no matter how I changed it up, and I could not put my finger on what was wrong with it. And structurally, it wasn't a scene I could cut. So I hit the books—or more accurately, … Continue reading Odds & Ends 3/19-3/25
My profile for building three dimensional characters.
As I'm sure most (if not all) of the world is aware, music can be a great source of inspiration. Personally, I find more inspiration in music with lyrics. I love lyrics that paint a picture of a character or tell a story, even if it's an incomplete one. Even if it's a vague story … Continue reading Music & My Writing Process
Writing went well this week, save for one day spent mapmaking after realizing how poor my spatial reasoning skills are. If like me, spatial reasoning is not your strong suit, I might suggest basing your characters' navigation descriptions off existing blueprints and adjusting as necessary, rather than struggling to describe where you think they're going … Continue reading Odds & Ends 11/6-11/12