In The Tirwine, my favorite character is Sa’dora. She’s the main character. Sa’dora is seventeen years old in human years, but she’s not human. She’s 153 in Tirwine. I like the fact that she’s a very complex character. She’s a natural leader, born with gifts and abilities that would enable her to be one of the most powerful Tirwine.
At the Governors’ Ball, she became hurt and anger when she thought the Wisas had given her menial jobs because of her lack of abilities. Her emotions vacillated between fear and the thought she that she would mess something up if she tried to protect the humans from the Gehata.
Sa’dora has forced me to study the many layers of our emotions and to understand how they interact with each other and drive our actions.
It's your turn, who is your favorite fictional character? And why?
I went to the conference to talk to agents and ask questions about marketing. I also wanted their thoughts on the characters in my series. I was pleasantly surprised when a couple of them asked questions about my book, the plot, backstory, and characters. One said it sounded interesting, even though I had only 30 pages done.
What a wonderful bonus! I'm ready to get back to writing!
Another agent told me some things I need to fix. She was very polite and showed me a couple of areas that stood out to her.
I must say I feel positive about my first experience to the ACFW conference.
Thank you to all the agents, editors, and mentors for the hours they spent listening to our pitches!
Thank you to the ACFW board and volunteers who made this a wonderful and educational time!
Now it’s your turn. What were your experiences at the conference? What one thing did you learn that made the trip well worth the time and money?
However, I still have some last minute things to finish, the things that tend to take more time than we thought.
* Make sure the family/pets have food while you’re gone
* Fold, roll, and then refold my clothes - so they don’t wrinkle
* Do the dishes before I leave the house
* Water the plans
*Vacuum, sweep, and dust
Then, of course, there’s all the conference stuff:
* One last edit before printing
*Make copies and put them in the correct order and places in their folders
* Practice your pitch, again
My ride is here!
I hope I did everything that HAD to be done. The vacuuming will just have to wait.
I can’t wait until next week to share, to tell you about everything!
What are your last minute struggles before a trip?
Please share for those who haven’t left, yet.
When I started getting desperate, I headed back to the internet to see if any successful writers had shared their plans.
Guess what. Several had.
I studied them, copied their ideas in my planner.
I still couldn’t follow them.
So, I decided to share my 5 mistakes that kept me from reaching my writing goals with you.
1. Keep track of the time it takes us to do different chores—usually we don’t allow enough time and become stressed, and then creativity ceases
2. Allow time for breaks – if we don’t we’ll get tired and keep pushing ourselves until we’re exhausted and out of ideas
3. Don’t eat meals at our desks. Enough said.
4. Straying. When we get tired, many of us checked our social media, and then either stay too long .
5. After checking my social media, I go to Games and play Hearts. What is your weakness?
What do you do that keeps you from reaching your goals?
Do you have any other suggestions?
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I wanted my characters to be more than just believable. More than one dimensional.
Randy Ingermanson, the Snowflake Guy, in his June 2015 issue of AdvancedFictionWriting, spoke very highly of the second edition of Brandilyn Collins’ book Getting Into Character. Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist who’s published 26 novels and several other nonfiction books.
So, I bought the book.
Brandilyn Collins reveals seven “Secrets” that actors use to “get into character”. In the book, each key has its own chapter.
Secret #1 Personalizing
Secret #2 Action Objectives
Secret #3 Subtexting
Secret #4 Coloring Passions
Secret #5 Inner Rhythm
Secret #6 Restraint and Control
Secret #7 Emotion Memory
I would highly recommend this book. Collins, utilizing excellent examples, shows how authors can dig deeper into their characters- their past, their emotions, personality traits, objectives, and motivations, through in-depth questions. After reading the book, authors will be able to delve into their character’s inner workings to birth a three-dimensional, complicated, and seemingly real individual. Authors will learn how to add their character’s distinctive reactions to life situations to move the story forward.
The only one downfall to the book and it is small. It doesn’t have a table of contents or index.
Now, who is your favorite character and why? Comment below.
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