Thoughts & Updates Category
I was tagged in this fun writer challenge by K.M. Carroll, and since I have a lot of updates to share, I figured why not?
1. Dust bunnies and plot bunnies: Reorganize your writing goals or make new ones.
Well, I officially nailed some writing goals, so that’s good!
This anthology releases today! This humorous romance anthology is a side project with author H.L. Burke and featuring several other talented humor writers. Get it now on Amazon!
AND this lovely writing resource is now up for preorder! Releases April 24. [...]
In January 2018, I chose to quit blogging, at least for a month. It ended up being two months.
I needed to step back after unifying my websites. I needed to figure out why I was blogging and where I was going with it.
I needed a break.
I’ve been busy in the meantime! I have an active author support group on Facebook–Creative Breakthroughs for Writing and Publishing Your Fiction. Please join in for daily interaction, value, tips, and author support from yours truly. If you want fiction book updates, check out The Marvelous Misfits, my awesome fiction group. [...]
I am a fan of love triangles.
Not just because I’m avid ‘shipper (relationshipper, aka someone who inexplicably cares which character the MC ends up with–yup, I don’t understand it either, but it’s my flavor).
Not just because love triangles add conflict and tension to stories (although different types of attraction generally do and I am so excited to share tips about using attraction to amp up story lines as a chapter in my WIP characterization book).
And no, it’s nothing to do with the fantasy of having two guys fight over you. I actually enjoy two girls and one guy love triangles equally as much when they are well done. Personally, having two people in your business trying to get your attention sounds like a hassle–like I said, it can add tension. Tension is the author’s friend, used judiciously. [...]
Writing and marketing are overpriced endeavors.
And I’m not talking about money.
I’m talking about the precious hours scraped together at the end of the night when the rest of your family has gone to sleep, or scavenged from early in the morning before they’ve woken up.
Or the moments on your lunch break, tapping away at your cell phone or scribbling in a notebook. Or sometimes sneaking out receipt paper and writing plot ideas when no one is coming to your checkout aisle (yes, my first NaNoWriMo was eight years ago, and I was working at Kmart). [...]
Contrast is one of my favorite buzzwords when it comes to character creation. Using opposites to force character growth and make characters stand out is one of the easiest and most effective ways of getting reader attention and making sure your story keeps moving.
Today I’ll give you an easy way to implement that in your own stories. It involves using what you already know about your characters and turning the tables to make those qualities pop.
Here’s how I often organize characterization: [...]