Character Confrontations
Dec05

Character Confrontations

We all have our own way of dealing with confrontation… Or not dealing with it. Figuring out what your characters would do, say, gesture, or yell during a confrontation can tell you a lot about them. So, this post is devoted to providing a few writing prompts that will stretch and grow your character. I’ll be adding a new prompt each...

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Dallas Area Writers Group Workshop
Sep19

Dallas Area Writers Group Workshop

I thoroughly enjoyed being at the Dallas Area Writers Group Workshop! I hope that this presentation will help every writer that’s starting on the journey to authoring their first novel! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WRITE Workshop (Power Point Presentation Download) WRITE Workshop (Keynote Presentation...

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Creative-Smart-Fun
Mar25

Creative-Smart-Fun

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Einstein I’ve heard so many people complain, “I’m not creative.” Coming up with a crafty, cute door wreath, painting the most colorful scene, writing an elaborately woven tale, and publishing witty blog posts are often equated with creativity. Before you get too down on yourself for constantly burning yourself with the hot glue gun, I’d like to suggest...

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Creating Your Setting…
Mar18

Creating Your Setting…

Anyone intimidated by the idea of creating a world for your reader to escape to? *both hands raised* Writing a book may feel miles away, especially if you’re working out the details. Characters, plot, subplots, outlines… SETTING! Even the college campus that your contemporary romance is set in can get tricky if you don’t create a place that contributes to your story in some way. Some of you might think that worrying...

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Creating Characters with Character… Part 3
Mar13

Creating Characters with Character… Part 3

In Part 3, we are placing your characters in odd situations to see their character at work. Putting your characters in crazy, unlikely scenarios can help you understand what their reactions should be to events happening in your story. The more you can get into their psyche, the better you can predict what they’d really do. I think a lot of authors use the excuse, ‘they’ll do what I want them to, because their in my...

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Creating Characters with Character… Part 2
Mar12

Creating Characters with Character… Part 2

In Part 2, we’re going back to the future with your character to understand where they’ve been and where they’re headed. One of my favorite franchises shows us the past, present, and future of their characters, X-Men. If you need to take a break and watch all of the movies for a refresher, I totally understand! Backstory can help you realize the depths within your character, and it can explain why your character...

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Creating Characters with Character… Part 1
Mar10

Creating Characters with Character… Part 1

Your characters are probably an inspiration to you, as well as to your readers. So, creating creatures of habit and cool nerdy kids with moral and/or ethical qualities is crucial if you want those individuals connecting to your characters. I want to be clear… Even the worst of your villains needs to relate to his or her audience. Over the next few days let’s discover different characteristics to consider, take the TARDIS...

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#Create
Mar03

#Create

Have we become so uncreative as a culture that we can’t think on our own? Do we need someone to provide a numbered menu and drive through to pick up our creations at the next window? We all have the ability to create. I recently posed a question on Facebook and Twitter, and asked what people would create if they could create anything. Guess what I got? Nothin’. Not one person answered. The next day I posted a similar question in...

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