Thursday, January 31, 2008
Yes, I'm rambling here. Should I give a peak into the super villian's mind or should we just see it through the other characters? He's got a lot going on in there and I don't know how much of it will be seen in this book. To be honest, this is a stand alone single title, but the super villian might cross into another couple of books I have ideas for. Ramble, ramble, ramble. Okay, gotta go and work some more on my plot. Last question -
Do you let your villian have a point of view? Do you like stories where you get into the villian's head?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
"And then what?Once you have a good Idea for a Character -- you need to make that character YOURS. Begin by asking three Questions*: (*Shamelessly stolen from Paperback Writer's blog.)
What are you, and what do you do?
What do you want?
What's the absolute worst possible thing that could happen to me?
You need to know all three of these answers with EVERY main character you craft for every story you write. (The Hero, the Ally, AND the Villain too!) The "worst possible thing" gives me EACH characters' Ordeal -- their darkest moment in the story. Combining all THREE "Worst Possible Things" creates the "Crash and Burn" moment in the story where everything falls apart just before the story's big Climax."
Tomorrow I vow not to read anything I haven't already read and actually put together a feasible plot for my story so that I may write said story during Fast Draft which begins this weekend. Yeah. Oh, and figure out where to print out 3 copies of the first 25 pages so that I may enter a contest. Deadline March 1st. :)
So, I do what I normally do when I'm trying to avoid or rather, clarify an issue. I pop open an explorer window and type something into google. That something led me to this website. Which in turn led me to Dark Erotica. Okay, first off, I'm not writing erotica either. I can barely say let alone write the f word and I like my happily ever afters. But Morgan Hawke has some awesome articles on writing.
I'm currently reading and using the Goal, Motivation & Conflict simplified post. I was laughing my head off at this particular post. The erotica plotlines are hilarious. I think I could spend a day or two just reading all her articles. Of course, at some point I would need to actually plot and write.
Candy Havens is hosting another fast draft. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Write_Workshop/ is the workshop group and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Write_WorkshopChat/ is the chatroom for the group. She's starting it on Jan 30th. She also has tons of old workshops which you can search through. It's a free group.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
So, I've got to rip out the belly of my creation, smush it up, add some seasoning and a bit more fat, and throw it into the oven and see what comes out. Hopefully, I'll be able to get to a happily ever after without killing anyone, real or imaginary. You never know though. I've got to figure out turning points. Now, tell me, should there be a four or five turning points for each plot line or for the entire book?
Hmmm. Clean or storyboard? Clean .... or storyboard?
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Wine County Romance Writers, RWA - Their current listing includes "Mark that Historical Sold"(which I'm taking), "Create Characters So Real, So Passionate, You Can't Put Them Down, and Neither Will Your Readers", and "The Language of Liars". They have classes booked out through November 2008.
Writer U Classes last a month and cost $30. Courses currently coming up include "Plotting via Motivation", "Isn't It Romantic? Developing Romance in Your Romance Novel", and "PACING: How To Create A Page Turning Manuscript". Courses are available until November 2008.
Carolina Romance Writers Classes are between $15 and $20 for either a two week or four week course, respectively. Current listing includes courses regarding writer's block, outlining novel (first draft), and spilling the beans.
Washington Romance Writers The only class currently listed is "Dialogue that Dazzles" in February. RWA members only.
Heart of Dixie Classes are $20 for two week courses. Upcoming workshops deal with self-editing, family history fiction, and inside the mind of serial killers and those who track them.
Northeast Ohio Romance Writers of America One class currently listed. "SCREENWRITING TECHNIQUES FOR NOVELISTS: HOW THE SEVENTH ART CAN RAMP UP YOUR PROSE"
From the Heart Romance Writers Classes cost $20. Current listings include "Anatomy of a Love Scene" and some classes to help with the business portion of writing including "Creating a Full Time Writing Business" and "How to Build an Internet Presence"
There are also many sites that have free information on them. Free! Here's a list of the one's in my favorites file right now (it continues to grow), also some of these may be a direct link to one article if you look around there may be more:
On Yahoo Groups - Write_Workshop · The Writing Workshop
http://hollylisle.com/fm/ - Holly Lisle also sells courses and e-books on writing
If it were only this easy, http://vava.essortment.com/howtowritea_rdcd.htm
So google search for something you're having difficulty with in writing and sometimes you'll just get a headache, but other times you'll find a whole lot more than you were looking for. Just try not to get bogged down in trying to learn to write. Writing is the best way to develop your own style and voice. I'll post later this week about blogs that I've found to be informative on writing.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Sunday, January 06, 2008
1. Julie Leto - PlotMonkeys post http://www.plotmonkeys.com/date/2007/05/05/
Interesting picture and nice layout technique, also the post is within a post on plotting with your pants on (for all those can't decide between plotting and pantsering(?))
2. Erica Ridley - Erica Writes post http://ericawrites.blogspot.com/2007/08/all-about-story-boards.html
Pictures to go with the words and step by step instructions
3. Carrie Ryan - Manuscript Mavens post http://manuscriptmavens.blogspot.com/2007/11/best-laid-plotting-boards.html
This is a post that will make you feel better if you can't seem to grasp a plotting board.
4. Diana Peterfreund - Diana Peterfreund post http://dianapeterfreund.blogspot.com/2007/07/son-of-plotting-board.html http://dianapeterfreund.blogspot.com/2007/08/book-signing-and-brand-new-plotting.html http://dianapeterfreund.blogspot.com/2006/09/plotting-board-redux-and-question-week.html http://dianapeterfreund.blogspot.com/2005/07/in-which-author-contemplates-structure_20.html
Lots and lots about plotting boards. The first one is step by step instructions
5. Rachel Vincent - Urbanfantasy blog post http://urbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2007/01/white-board-phase-2.html
Method using a whiteboard as the background
6. Patrice Michelle - Visual Plotting article http://freshfiction.com/page.php?id=533
Response to Rachel Vincent's post
7. Maura Anderson - Realms of the Raven post http://realmsoftheraven.blogspot.com/search/label/Writerly%20Wednesday
A step by step tutorial on her storyboard technique with pictures.
8. Kelly Parra - Words of a Writer post http://writerwords.blogspot.com/ 12/31/07
Shares her storyboard from her recent project, also notes she doesn't make it up until after she finishes her first draft.
I'll keep trying to add more.