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Naming Issues; or Why Did You Call Me That?

As usual, as I plow through NaNoWriMo, character names are proving to be somewhat problematic. For the most part, the new characters I’ve added so far have allowed themselves to be named without too much of a fuss.  One entire … Continue reading

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And The Magic Happens; or, Add New Characters And Stir

Toiling away on my latest NaNoWriMo endeavor, I was beginning to despair.  There was an awful lot of recap happening, and not much in the way of new development. And then…I introduced some new characters. Joshua Newton’s entire family full … Continue reading

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Getting To Know You; or, An Interview With Your Character

(Post-a-Day Challenge, day 29) One of the ways you can get to know your characters a little better is by conducting an interview with them.  Asking them the right kinds of questions can reveal things about them that you might … Continue reading

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Plot Decisions; or Weighing The Possibilities

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 26) I just finished running the last few chapters of the first book of “The Daughters of August Winterbourne”* series past my critique group.  As part of the critique, two members of the group questioned one of … Continue reading

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The Mystery Of The Amazing Disappearing Characters; or, She Was Here Just A Second Ago!

(Day 10 of Post-A-Day Challenge)   Anyone ever had a character (or several characters) disappear on them? I have.  All the time. The sad part is, most of the time I don’t even notice it until later.  I set up … Continue reading

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One-Stop Shopping For Character Ideas; or A Visit To The Big Blue Store

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 2) I know what I’m going to do the next time I have a free day — or even just several hours — to spend on brainstorming for writing. I’m going to Ikea. Colorado just got an … Continue reading

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Shine A Little Love; or, Secondary Characters Need Attention, Too!

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Sorry for the late posting this week. I’ve been fighting off a cold. Still not sure whether I’m winning or losing, but that’s beside the point. This week, I want to blather … Continue reading

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Visualizing Your Characters; or, How Nice To Finally Meet You!

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) I read a news story recently about an author whose book had been adapted for the stage. When he visited the theater during a rehearsal, he was introduced to the actor playing … Continue reading

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The Sex Scene That Wasn’t; or, When You Say Yes and the Characters Say No

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Something amusing happened to me last weekend. In one of the stories I’m currently writing, I had reached the point where the next thing in my mental outline was for the main … Continue reading

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Turns of Phrase; or, I Never Thought Of It Like That

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) I’m toying with the idea of having a character in one of my stories who uses all sorts of colorful comparisons as one of his quirks. I think it could be a … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name; or Does The Shoe Fit?

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) We’ve had a couple of good postings here about book titles. But when you’re writing a novel, the book isn’t the only thing for which you have to find a name. You … Continue reading

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