I’m a Human

I forget sometimes that I need to open myself up and reveal that, I too, am human. I get wrapped up in my writing that I forget that people need to see the true me at times.

Although I am quiet and sometimes you forget me, I am still here. I feel, I breath, I cry, I sing, and I laugh too. I hear and see what’s going on around me. I too have felt heartache and I too have been through trauma. I too can love.

Recently being diagnosed with a rare nerve disease, pain consumes me. There are days when I can’t write or post. My house gets neglected. Thankful to being a perfectionist my house doesn’t show my neglect for a day or two.

Medication prevents me from remembering names, places, or even what I am talking about at times. Writing provides some solace. I enjoy the fiction world where everything can be as grand as I wish it to be. I can go and meet new people and see that somewhere I’m not alone.

Beginning my blogging website and watching it slightly grow has provided me with a community of a vast array of individuals that I can learn from and implement their teachings and stories into my life and my writing.

Over time, you too will learn more about me and see that I too, am a human.

WRITING MYTH

“Writing is an isolating activity and the best writing is done when you are completely alone.”

DO YOU EVER FELL THIS WAY?

I will admit, it is easier to write when there are no distractions. Often, when I think of isolated writing, I think of a cabin off in the woods.

THINK ABOUT IT, A CABIN, A NICE ROARING FIRE. WHO WOULDN’T LIKE THIS?

Then there is the other side of this myth:

Writing should not be isolating. Some of our best writing can happen when we have the support of friends and family, even fellow writers, who actually understand the struggle.

EVERYTHING CAN CHANGE!

When we get stuck, ask for help! When there is a creative breakthrough, celebrate with us! When we wonder if our idea will work, brainstorm with us! Give us the motivation we need to see our writing to the end!

Has there been a book where support like this would have helped you publish sooner?

Discuss…please! We want to know!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!

WRITING WITHOUT PRONOUNS TO DESCRIBE MY VILLAiN….DO WHAT?!

At times, depending on the story, giving away whether the villain of the story is a he/she gives away the opportunity of figuring out who actually did it.

Be mindful of not forgetting that our readers should be able to identify and attach their own meaning to the trials of our characters. At times, diving into the mind of revenge, we forget that we don’t want our readers to have knowledge of our characters gender. (Again, in some instances.)

We want our readers to focus on our BRILLIANT plot!

Best selling author Dan Brown, believes in writing our villain first, before the hero, because the villain is the one who drives our hero to be heroic. He continues by saying that the best villains are connected to the hero. They aid in the hero’s character development. Every villain believes that they are the hero of their own story. We have to make the reader understand what exactly has driven our villain to do what they have done. Our favorite villains possess the qualities that we love to hate!

DID YOU, WHILE WRITING YOUR FIRST BOOK, STRUGGLE WITH NOT EXPOSING THE GENDER OF YOUR VILLIAN? WE WANT TO KNOW!

DISCUSS

GRAMMER AINT NO JOKE

A recently asked question….

What book/story that you are the author of, have you updated the most with changes that AREN’T spelling errors nor punctuation errors?

I personally, am writing my first book. I find that I can’t help myself from changing things. Instead of writing all the way through and waiting for that second draft, I find that I am correcting spelling, grammer, the scenes, characters, conversations, etc.

How Many of You…have found you do the same things?

What Tips….can you share with others like myself?

What Book…that you are the author of, did you find you were correcting constantly before you finished the first draft?

Discuss

CAPTURING HIS ESSENCE

Having been blessed with an artistic ability I have decided to put it to good use.

Not being able to capture who my main character is and deciding who I want him to be, creates a writing block for me. I never thought of using this technique before.

Putting a face to the name I have settled on has the potential to draw more inspiration than just a character sketch alone.I am able to work through my dilemma by asking myself….

  • What would a man who looks like this say?
  • How would his voice sound?
  • What is going to make him stand out as a main character?

Is this a technique you have used before? Would it help you?

Where do your ideas come from?

Do you use a story idea generator?

Are you gifted with the ability to have many ideas to draw from?

Do you draw your ideas from the stories you read?

IF you could generate a story with a group of writers, each contributing in their own way WOULD YOU?

IS IT possible to have each member either create a character or develop the setting?

ARE YOU SAYING HMMM, I’D LIKE TO DO THAT!……..OR

NOPE, THAT’S NOT FOR ME?

WILL YOU TRY IT OR NOT?

CHARACTERIZATION

Do you use a character sketch sheet when you are trying to build your characters or do your characters develop as you write your story?

For some of us developing the most compelling characters for our story isn’t as easy as it may be for others. They don’t quite come to life until we put them in the story we have created.

Writer’s Digest first suggest:

  • Picking a point of view allows the readers access to your character’s inner lives (emotions, thoughts, sensory experience).
  • The way to share a unique character’s world view and the events he/she experiences in the world (philosophy, observation, opinion)

Psyche Guides suggests:

  • The best approach towards creating engaging characters is by ensuring that they are believable, complex and flawed. (Of coarse we all know this.)
  • Typically it includes drawing on personal observations, giving the main character conflicting, conscious and unconscious goal, and developing an interesting backstory.

Most influential books of this genre is Aspects of the Novel (1927) by the English author E. M. Foster. He believed that the most engaging characters move us emotionally. They feel real and surprise us as we turn the pages. He goes on to describe complex characters as “Round”. Ex. Madam Bovary and characters written by Jane Austen. Madam Bovary is the romantic heroine from Gustave Flaubert’s novel. He said that “Flat” characters have only two or three very pronounced character traits, that can only be summarised by a single sentence. He believed that they are only capable of moving us in a way through humor. When they are confined to secondary roles, they support our main story without distracting our readers.

To Foster, our most compelling and main characters should have the complexity of being human. They should surprise us and transform before our eyes in unbelievable ways.

I can only encourage you to compare what these sites and Foster have to say to your characters.

How do you develop your character? Share your techniques with us.

WILL I?…HOW CAN I?

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”_ Anne Frank

I was putting together a character sketch last night. Fright set inside me and I began wondering HOW CAN I…limit this to just a short story?

Writing what you know sometimes begins to feel all too real. Trying to prevent yourself from becoming someone who almost destroyed you, in turn, causes you to overcompensate and become someone you can’t even recognize.

Character sketches become scary when you try to input parts of the people you tried to forget. Those people come back and look you in the face as if it were a mirror into the past.

WILL I…limit my writing for this contest to a short story of a mere 1,000-3,000 words, or just abandon the project all together out of fear? WILL I…save this project and commit more to developing it into a novel?

WILL YOU?…HOW CAN YOU?…

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