** The reality is simple: we will face problems and setbacks. They can show up as:
Boulders - another name for them are life’s interruptions—slow us down as we lumber over them: phone calls; the Internet is out, again; the dishwasher stops working; oh, and my favorite-laundry
Bridges - at first glance, seem more important, but in the long scheme – they aren’t. We organizing our files—by color; decorating our offices, desks, or work areas; spending hours looking for just the right name for our character’s pet dog or cat or hamster;
Boat on a lake - ah, just a short break (which, or course, we all need, right?). However, it turns into hours away from our writing: we fall asleep; play the game one more time; or watch just one more episode.
Stairs - we spend too much time climbing the steps to perfecting our craft and not enough time writing. We can only improve our writing by writing. I’m not saying we shouldn’t read trade books because we should, we need to so we can learn, but not to the point that we stop writing.
Like anything else in our lives, we can let them rule us. Or we can make the decision to turn around, face our computers and type.
What do you do to get back to writing? Share your ideas/suggestions below in comments.
Have a great week and until next time, KEEP WRITING!
Below are lists of things to consider about your characters before you begin to write.
* Height & weight
* Skin tone
* Hair – color, length, style, straight, curly, or wavy
* Eyes – color, size, glasses
* Remarkable physical characteristics – hunched back, pock marks, handicaps, glasses
* Age – most times this isn’t necessary if you’ve described them using the above
* Quiet and shy
* Out going
* A leader
* Student or occupation
* Childhood – happy, loved, spoiled, abusive, neglected, adopted, foster care, raised by other family members
* What did the character learn from his/her upbringing? Distrust? Hope? Anger? Low self-confidence?
Current Outlook on life:
* How does the character’s past affect his/her life today? Everyone owes him?
That life is painful? She has to fight for what she wants?
* What is most important to the character? Acceptance? Love? Money? Power?
Others see the character as:
* Physically – nice looking, sloppy, lacking respect for self
* Temperament – angry, fearful, happy, easy to get along with, work-a-holic, emotional
* Core values – trustworthy, thief, stingy, prejudice
* Positive – What does the character learn that make’s life easier/more fulfilling?
* Unchanged – What is the character holding on to that will not allow him/her to get through the past?
* Negative – What happened that causes the character to become/follow evil more than before?
* Running fingers through hair, clearing throat, standing on one foot
* “You know.”
These are a few ideas to think about. I’m sure you have or will discover others as you develop your characters.
Please share ideas you use to make your characters real, deep, and human in the comment box below.
With that said, I guess the hardest thing for me to deal with is head hopping. I’ve read many books where the author is in everyone’s head. Without tags informing the reader who’s the POV, it’s hard to understand what’s going on. Recently, I read a book, by a new author. In a particularly long, run-on sentence, the author had the thoughts of three characters. A comma separated each thought.
I did not complete that book.
As authors and readers, we do not expect perfection. However, when there are many mistakes, it becomes obvious that the author did not have it proofread by a professional.
So, in a nutshell, besides head-hopping, my pet peeve—too many mistakes!
What about you? What is your pet peeve? After a week, I’ll tally all the comments. Then I’ll post the results. Come one, come all. Come vote!!
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