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”

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”

Celebrity Casting

Most writers do this, especially in the Romance field. We need to perfectly describe the main characters, consistently, time and time again. A friend of mine, Cynthia Diamond, who writes a fantasy series called Wyrd Love, has a Hot Guy Thursday on Facebook every week. She likes the actor from The Witcher, Joey Batey. She cast him as her Trickster, Galen. Continue reading “Celebrity Casting”

Musical Interlude

Lots of authors these days include playlists with their books so you can get a full experience of what they listened to while writing. I mostly listen to thunderstorms and rain, because that makes me more creative, it seems. I hear Mozart is also good. Finding music that my Regency characters would have sung or played on the piano-forte is a bit of a challenge. And are my contemporary characters more like me, and prefer the music they listened to as teens and young adults? Continue reading “Musical Interlude”

Characters on Vacation

In my weekly health class, the nutritionist asked how many of us had taken a real vacation in the last 5 years. In a group of 12, only two or three hands went up. She went on to tell us about the importance of time in nature, something I believe in very strongly. The last question was, where would you go if you could vacation anywhere in the world? Continue reading “Characters on Vacation”

Hearing and Other Senses

Creating a living character that will be memorable to your readers involves using all five senses to bring him or her to life. What they see is the most often used sense. Hearing and touch next, with smell and taste often forgotten or just not bothered with much. This article talks about each of those and adds a touch about the sixth sense if you believe in hunches, intuition, second sight, and so on. Time passing can also be another sense when it makes a character frantic or nervous.

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No Lines for You!

I read Sense and Sensibility in high school when I had just discovered Jane Austin and couldn’t get enough of her writing. That was many decades ago. Since then, I have watched the 1995 movie version several times. I think that I have a good excuse for not noticing then the differences between book and movie. Now I am listening to an unabridged version and had a bit of a shock when certain characters were introduced. Continue reading “No Lines for You!”

December Word of the Month

Are you sick of carols and candy and snowmen yet? Well, hang in there, you have a few more weeks to go. If you lived back in the day, Christmas would last until January 7th, the 12th day after the supposed birth of Christ, and that was the time for giving gifts. I say supposed because science has shown the shepherds didn’t sleep in the snow with the sheep in winter. Everyone was indoors at that time of year. Spring was the time when the lambs were born and the guardians of the flock went on overtime. Continue reading “December Word of the Month”

Who’s Your Poodle?

I have a dog, a bunch of birds, and a couple feral cats. I walk with another dog owner. I meet with bird lovers every month. My Goddaughter has a sweet cat. I check out cat pictures on the internet. And I have friends who have horses, goats, aquarium fish, tortoises, snakes, and lizards. I know very few people who do not have pets of some kind. So if all my characters do not have pets, they seem less human, somehow. I mean, how many times have you seen something mentioned in the last two years about the only president to not have a dog? Continue reading “Who’s Your Poodle?”

Characters That Step Off the Page

HelenKay Dimon never clapped about her election as president of Romance Writers of America’s National Board. She’s been involved with the board long enough to know it’s going to be tough work. However, she will gladly address any questions so don’t forget that she is on the loop. If you are an RWA member, don’t spread rumors. Ask her! Continue reading “Characters That Step Off the Page”