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Tue, Mar 20 2018

Was Your Honeymoon Horrible?

If you got stuck in an elevator or got lost in the Wilderness, you might consider entering the (oops! This former link to Thrifty has been requested to be removed. This entry has been updated as of 3-20-18). If you win,they have some nice prizes to give you a second chance at bliss.

posted at: 11:16 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

Mon, Mar 19 2018

Loud, proud, under a cloud?

Why is there always one property in a neighborhood that seems to be in a constant state of chaos? There might be lots of shouting or the sound of thrown objects, hoarded piles that spill out onto the front walkway, dogs left outside who bark for hours because they're neglected and lonely, rowdy parties past midnight, or numerous vehicles that take up every available parking space on a street and then go on to fill the front lawn (if they bother with a lawn). It isn't always the worst-looking house. I knew of one family who kept their travel trailers, off-terrain vehicles, water craft and other perceived symbols of rising financial status parked all over the property and on every other parking place on a cul de sac in an otherwise tidy community.

Technically, this has nothing to do with the writing life, except for the part where one can't think above the sound of revved engines or swearing matches. But all things are potential tools to a determined writer. What if one of my characters grew up in a place like that? What if he or she had grown up in a quiet family and then was thrust into a chaotic household with violence? What if the really nice house on a street had a neatly trimmed lawn, but the inhabitants were quietly, systematically murdering local citizens? There are a million ways to go with this in a story, if not in actual life.

posted at: 11:38 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

Tue, Mar 13 2018

Who goes there?

One of my characters surprised me yesterday while I was filling out a character profile on him. He turned out to have some very strong feelings about things I hadn't considered important until then. Do your characters take over your job for you that way sometimes?
Some writers feel they have to fill out a character profile before they begin writing a story, but I find that first writing a scene or two helps me to visualize parts of a character's background that haven't yet presented to me. So when a portion of a character profile won't come to me strongly at first, I wait and leave it blank, knowing that soon my character will make it plain that they are afraid of horses or have 102 lime green ties or grew up having a crush on Jaden Smith.

posted at: 12:00 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

Thu, Feb 15 2018

Be the character?

I just spent two hours going through three paper files and twelve folders to find a charcter profile I had filled out for a character who is at a crossroad in life. I think I can certainly portray her bewilderment of all things office-related.

posted at: 14:35 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

Thu, Feb 08 2018

Wanted: Writer. Some experience Necessary

It's not enough to be a writer, is it? Don't we also carry a multitude of other duties on a daily basis? I suppose it has to be that way though, or we'd never have anything new to plug into our writing experience. We have to get off our little velvet stools once in awhile and stop writing long enough to dabble in the stock market or listen to a child talk or ride a (literal) roller coaster. We don't have to experience everything, but some real-life experience is necessary to keep the heart and mind open to fresh ideas and creative surges that can help us through the doldrums when we aren't feeling the muse.

posted at: 13:04 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

Thu, Jan 18 2018

Walking the talk

Someone on Twitter recently talked about taking to the streets when political changes were made that they disliked. I thought about that. Should writers take to the streets when life hands us lemons? Should we put on our walking shoes? Well, we certainly can. It's a form of free speech (as long as we deal with any required permits and as long as we don't block the streets). But should we? Does it change anything in the political or governmental arena? Or are there other things we can do as writers that would be more meaningful? Actions often do speak louder than words. But it depends on what the actions and the words are.

posted at: 09:56 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

Fri, Dec 29 2017

One for all and all for one

Every good story we tell, whether set 2078 years in the future or 1242 years in the past, needs to be able to pass through the timeless river of human experience,

posted at: 08:56 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

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