Monthly Archives: March 2010

Character Sketch and Outline

This outline is for developing a well rounded character and, should you choose, tracking that characters development through the events of the story. Continue reading

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Looking for suggestions on my next post

I’m taking input on my next post.  I previously created a character sketch outline so I could manage my secondary/infrequent characters.  I am now interested in creating a full character outline template for my primary characters.  I am going to … Continue reading

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The Character Name

More than anything else you write, a reader will bring personal bias and knowledge based on a name. Continue reading

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Idea to Paper

Write anything. Write everything. Write down conversations. Write alternate endings to conversations. Write down descriptions of places like hospital rooms, automotive dealer waiting rooms, your dining room, or your wife’s side of the closet. Write down what someone smelled like in the elevator. Write down what it felt like to hit your thumb with a hammer. Write down how it hurt when your sixth-grade crush embarrassed you on April Fool’s day. Continue reading

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Characters: Traits + Habits = Mannerisms

a mannerism is a habitual trait – it identifies your character in a way that a name alone cannot Continue reading

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Things I have learned this month

From pressure can come productivity. Patience and perseverance are close neighbors. There is such a thing as too much description. Aways have an proff readder too catch thee little mis-takes; Indigent does not always refer to need of money. Readers … Continue reading

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Characters: Physical Description + Setting = History

For most people, first impressions are very strong. Part of that impression is of the person themselves, but part of it is the setting. Continue reading

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New look, same blog

Yes, I ditched my RSS feed to io9.  I admit it.  I still love them so get over it. I got rid of all my RSS feeds, dropped one of the two side bars, and went with a theme that … Continue reading

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I Wrote… Yes!

I wrote, I submitted, and I made my goal. For that I am happy. Continue reading

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Story Starters for March

I try to open my eyes but the light is too bright.  I squint against the pain and try to look towards the darkest corner.  There is no dark corner.  A sound, gentle yet frightening, beckons for my attention.  It … Continue reading

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