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Sorry, it’s been quite a while since I have written on my blog. 2014 was not the best year for me and I’m determined to make 2015 better. I have missed blogging. Many things have happened. I have started a couple other blogs, I also have another story coming out this year (although it’s not official yet). I also have a novel I’m trying to get published that I co-authored with a good friend Caitlin Ricci. We have been rejected by a couple of publishers but we are still submitting and hopefully picked up, if not maybe we’ll venture into the self publishing realm.
I’m hoping to start-up with this blog again to help with authors and events in my favorite genre of m/m paranormal romance. I would love some feedback on what extra things you would like to see on the site if any, I love comments, re-posts and feedback so please feel free to comment below.
Now for some shameless advertising for myself and awesome talents 😉
I have started a writing blog. Mostly I wanted a place for writers to get together and talk about the market, readers, and what they have learned. I’m hoping to build a community of writers who want to have fun. Please join and follow me at Write and Keep Writing.
I have a new portfolio page, I do cover art, illustrations, and graphic design. You can find me at Breathless Design and here is my Portfolio. I also have prints available of several of my illustrations and graphic design at Imagekind and Deviant Art.
I have also been working very hard on my graphic design and illustration. The merman on this post is one of my new illustrations. Please feel free to let people know about my graphic design, illustrations, and cover art, I love to help out authors looking to self publish or who want unique designs for bookmarks, trading cards, website banners, etc.
So check out my new stuff and keep writing!
Original Chuck Palahniuk’s “Thought” Verb Article Here
I fell in love with this article. I found it very challenging and wanted to share the thoughts with you.
Chuck Palahniuk has writers looking at the thought verbs and instead of telling your readers what they think or feel, you lay it out in detail and have the readers see what the character sees. I found this a unique way of getting into the characters head and pulling the readers into the story.
In the article he challenges writers to get rid of the “thought” verbs and change the writing to sensory details. Get rid of the knows, thinks, hates, and loves and start giving the detail of what the characters hear, see, smell, taste, and touch.
There are great examples in the article so please check them out.
I think this goes deeper than looking at just the show don’t tell but he actually has writers looking at why characters know, think, feel, believe…you get the idea. Not only does this help in developing your writing skills but also helps get your readers into the depths of why they feel the way they feel.
There are many writers who don’t agree with the theory, after all no writer has the same voice but this is definitely an article to take to heart. Even if you don’t agree it is still a tool to add to the writing belt.
Remember how important it is to improve ourselves and keep writing!
One of the best ways to analyze your main character is to look at his or her morals. What is the one thing that they would never do and what situation would be that exception. If your character has a tendency to lie, especially to get things he/she wants, ask yourself in what situation would he/she stop lying and start telling the truth?
Some of the best stories are the ones where characters are thrown into situations where they wouldn’t usually find themselves. Place your stuck up corporate guy in a tattoo parlor or get your shy werewolf in a karaoke sing-off. Seriously, put characters in situations where they are uncomfortable and learn how he or she will react. The story doesn’t always have to follow these situations but these are great ways to get to know your characters and how she or he would react to strange situations.
Another great way to start building conflict is to know your characters basic needs like life, love, or money. These are all things that people, your readers, can relate to in most cultures. Take what your character needs away and surround it with fear of loss and conflict can begin to build.
Conflict also goes with the antagonist. Whatever your main character wants the antagonist wants the opposite. This doesn’t mean your antagonist is evil (well not to himself) it means that he has a perfectly good reason to want just the opposite. Think of this conflict as the game, both the main character and antagonist want to win but only one of them can have their way.
Creating conflict comes from opposition. Emotional conflict is just as important as physical conflict. In some cases emotional conflict, especially in books, is vital in developing character relationships and getting readers pulled into the story.
So create the most intense conflict you can think of and keep writing!
One of the most important things we have to decide when writing is the point-of-view (POV). The most important thing to consider when deciding the POV is deciding your main character and if secondary characters also want to show their point-of-view. This is especially true in romance, many of the stories are written from the viewpoint of the two main love interests usually in third person. Although I have read a few that are in the first person. Just remember to stay consistent throughout the book. (But even then there are exceptions to the rule such as American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis, which starts in first person and ends in third).
First person POV is limited to what the main character can see and feel. This is especially great for emotional connection to a character and individual character growth. The third person POV can be more flexible and doesn’t depend on staying on one character throughout the entire book. For third person try to keep a limit on the number of POVs in one scene because the reader can become confused on who is thinking and doing what in the scene if the POV keeps changing too much.
The character’s POV also has to do with your character’s reveal. The POV can explain characters personality traits such as confidence levels and what is important. Do you want the reader to know everything up front or do you want your reader to slowly learn about your character in phases as the story progresses? I have mixed feelings on this. Honestly, it has to do with the writer.
In my experience, I find I get bored when information is poured into me in the beginning of the story. I just want the story to get started. But remember readers are all different and some prefer the details of the characters and plot placed for them in the beginning. If you can keep your reader interested while you spill out all your character’s information, I say more power to you. Remember this also has to do with your character. If they are the type to lay it all out on the line then do a reveal in the beginning. If they are more the type to get the action started and explain later than start with action.
Remember this is your character’s story and they have a way of telling you how they want their story told. So choose a POV and keep writing.
Inspiration to write can come at anytime, usually when there isn’t a pen & paper or computer to type on. How many times have I been standing in line at the post office or waiting in the doctors office when suddenly a really great story idea hits? I also find myself repeating the idea over and over in my head so I don’t forget it while I find something to write on. Thankfully my phone has a “notes” app on it now so I can easily jot down story ideas as they creep up at the most inopportune times.
I know I like to watch music videos for story inspiration. Music videos can hold some of the greatest visuals while the music musters up feelings of inspiration that may stir ideas for a story. Some of the best story ideas come from a variety of places ranging from artwork to music.
Another great spot for story ideas is dreams. The worst time is always dreams for me, the story idea is usually wonderful but why does it have to be at four in the morning? I can hardly focus to get the idea down and then I’m ridiculously tired the next day for work. But it was worth it…right? Dreams are a tough because you have to get the idea down right away or the story will start to fade. Keep something to write on by the bed and write it down right away so you don’t forget the story.
The best way to fight writers block or get ready to write the next big story is to get away from the blank page and visit websites or blogs that inspire ideas. This does not mean start wasting your time on Facebook. It drives me insane when I hear people complain they don’t have enough time in the day to get what they want done, like finish their story. Especially when I see them posting something on Facebook or Twitter every five minutes. Trust me you have time, you’re just wasting it.
Watching a TV show (one or two episodes not a whole season in one day) or a movie can help inspire ideas. I find that reading a book when I get frustrated with my story is another way to keep me writing. Remember when you read anything that the author also started with a blank page as well.
Don’t plagiarize, these inspirations are here to help you get the story moving not to copy.
So get inspired and keep writing!
It has been a crazy few weeks. My company has been going through major layoffs for the past two years. Unfortunately, they are now closing the site were I work. Thankfully, I will be moving to another site but it is a much longer drive. Needless to say I have been looking for a new job. I have already had three interviews, I hope one of them loves me enough to say yes! 🙂 But at least I still have a job, I’m very grateful for that.
I’ve been working on cover art and my stories. I’m actually writing again, although I have been a terrible blogger 😦
I’ve added artwork to my Art & Design page so check out my portfolio at My Portfolio.
I’ve also finally created a DeviantART page so check that out here.
The photo on this post is my lastest art piece, hope you enjoy!
Have a wonderful writing Wednesday! 🙂