Hooks and Plots, Part 2

We went over mostly hooks last Thursday. So let’s get to plotting. There’s a saying I’ve always relied on this concept: Plot is not the story, it’s only the road map. The story is how your characters interact, react, and change because if they don’t change, the story can be pretty lame. Continue reading “Hooks and Plots, Part 2”

May Quarantine Tweet What You Read and Watch

Whoa! Think how much yard work I could get done if I spent the time I do watching movies pulling weeds. Something about the quarantine creates a lethargy that prevents us from leaping to action, so I feel lucky that I have gotten as much done as I have. Here’s the list of books and movies, not audio books this time because I am not driving around much at all. Continue reading “May Quarantine Tweet What You Read and Watch”

Hooks and Plots, Part One

Hooks are set-ups, sometimes only a sentence, that grabs readers and keeps them reading. A good writer has hooks in the first few lines of the story, at the end of every chapter, and at key scenes. Plots are vague outline that your characters might follow or might not. When people say a book is either character driven or plot driven, they haven’t met my characters. Continue reading “Hooks and Plots, Part One”

Deep Point of View and How to Write It

The score sheets from the contest I entered have been amazingly helpful as I edit my story. I am willing to try all their suggestions if it will make the story better. One of them suggested that I learn Deep Point of View and write that way. I’m slowly evolving in that direction on my own and run into certain problems with my critiquers. Continue reading “Deep Point of View and How to Write It”

Killing Off Your Darlings

This advice comes from a very famous writer. Actually, it has been attributed to almost a dozen V.F.A.s but in actuality the first usage was from Arthur Quiller – Couch in a compilation of his Cambridge Lectures. What it boils down to is if you are too pleased by a turn of phrase in your writing, you are better off without it. Honestly. Continue reading “Killing Off Your Darlings”

Character Development

My characters, Adam and Valerie, have been in my life for a long time now. You would think I should know everything about them. I thought I did. Then judges in a contest I entered suggested I work to make them more layered. This isn’t the first time I have been told this. But I see that when the excitement of the plot gets going, I forget to make Valerie self conscious about her weight, or pinpoint Adam’s need to clear his name. Like when you ride in a car going 80mph, it’s hard to pick up details at the side of the highway, or that’s what they tell me. Ahem. But going 15mph, all the details are clearly visible. My task now is to keep the speed up but keep the details in mind. Continue reading “Character Development”

Clutter Butt

I’m not ready to show off my desk yet. This is a big job that is taking a lot time and energy just to think about. I have been keeping the kitchen clean, doing yard work out front, and going through boxes and piles of paper in the meantime. I requested another trash bin from the local disposal company. Throwing out way more than usual these days. Continue reading “Clutter Butt”