Writing Prompt Saturday- List Jobs

This week, I’d like to continue a writers notebook building exercise that I started at the end of last month. That’s right, it’s a list! I love lists. Today, we’re going to make a list of jobs. 100 jobs someone can have, to be precise. Because sometimes you’re going to have that character that hasContinue reading “Writing Prompt Saturday- List Jobs”

Writing 101, Day 6

Today’s Prompt: Who’s the most interesting person (or people) you’ve met this year? Wow, just one person?  No way, can’t do it. See, here’s the thing.  I work in tech support and billing, which means I have the amazing opportunity to talk to brand new people all day long.  Here’s the thing, though, I neverContinue reading “Writing 101, Day 6”

listening to children

Recently I’ve realized that I’ve done almost nothing for children’s writers. This makes less than no sense, because in my opinion, children’s authors are super heroes. You think I’m wrong? I’m not, and I can prove it, too. Think back to your very first favorite book. I am willing to bet it was not anContinue reading “listening to children”

Idiosyncracies, how to use them and why your character needs them

This is an often overlooked and sometimes misunderstood part of creating a character. Too often we talk about a characters strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, favorite brand of coffee, that sort of thing. We don’t talk a lot about characters idiosyncrasies, though, and that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. When you think aboutContinue reading “Idiosyncracies, how to use them and why your character needs them”

The Writing Life- People Watching

What are characters? Your cast, your actors, the most important parts of your story? Well, yes, that’s all very true. But there’s a more basic answer than that. Characters are people. Or at least, they are the way we either wish people were, or secretly think people are. To learn to write great characters, youContinue reading “The Writing Life- People Watching”

Editing Dialog

I think it’s important to know your strengths and your weaknesses in life. Doubly so when you ‘re a writer, (read small business owner.) For instance, my weakness, which has been pointed out many times, is fight scenes. Probably because I don’t like to read them. What I really am good with, though, is dialog.Continue reading “Editing Dialog”