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October 15, 2011
I know, I know, I’m late again. And I can’t even blame it on Columbus this time.
From Deb Dorchak at Behind the Words:
Passion For Characters, an article about the the emotional journey a writer must take to turn flat, two-dimensional characters into well-rounded people who step off the page and into the reader’s imagination.
From Viv at Zen and the Art of Tightrope Walking:
Where do heroes come from? Exploring the bond between writer and characters, a similar and very moving article. I couldn’t choose between them; they’re both worth the read.
From Charissa Weaks at The Writer’s Resource:
Threads of a Novel, a three part series about the three main components of a novel:
Part 1: Character Emotional Development Plotline
Part 2: Dramatic Action Plot
Part 3: Thematic Significance
Also take a look at Top 10 Strongest Human Fears on Charissa Weaks’ other page, A Day in the Life of An
Aspiring Author. This is a good insight into the collective psyche of humankind, which should be a huge help in designing your characters. The Character Mining workshop handout is also really helpful, and it’s in PDF format for convenient downloading.
From Lisa Hall Wilson at Girls With Pens:
Reactive vs. Proactive Characters: Buffy vs Bella, an article that compares the allure of kickass female warrior Buffy (the vampire slayer) and passive Bella Swan of the Twilight saga. This is another important lesson when building characters.
An old (1998) article from The Lazy Scholar at Writers Write of The Internet Writing Journal:
How to Create a Character Profile, a good explanation for why the sometimes-exhaustive character sketch is important, maybe even crucial, for designing and maintaining the lives of your characters.
See you Monday, dear writing friends. I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend.
October 7, 2011
Free ‘Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo‘ Online Course (click on link, scroll down and click on name of course) – Thanks to Terri Main on Google+ for this one. (I didn’t link her name because she doesn’t like to be ‘circled’ without permission. She posted this in a public note though, so I’m assuming it’s okay to share this information. If anyone tells me otherwise, I’ll delete immediately.) You can log in as a guest user for this course. Enrollment key is “vipaccess.”
October 1-8: Developing your Novel Concept: Premise, Main Characters, Basic Story Development
October 9 – 15: Developing Character and Setting
October 16 – 22: Plot: Pantser or Plotter? Preparing your storyline your way.
October 23-31: During the Month: Time Management, Social Support, Writers Block and Having Fun!
For the Plotters:
From Margaret McGaffey-Fisk at Forward Motion for Writers (Make an account to access other very cool features of the site, including a NaNo Board): Footsteps to a Novel. A lighter approach to plotting with a simple formula to calculate the length of time it would take to finish a novel (using daily word goal and number of weekdays you’re willing to dedicate to writing it).
From Holly Lisle at Holly Lisle dot com: How to Start a Novel (with links at each step to other informative articles) and Notecarding: Plotting Under Pressure (a method I discovered years ago on Holly’s site and still use in some form for many projects). There is a wealth of free information around the main site, so peruse away!
From James Chartrand at Men With Pens: Five Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Write a Novel. Don’t miss this one.
For the Pantsers:
From Larry Brooks at Story Fix dot com: The Pantser’s Guide to Story Planning, Part 1 and Part 2. Also be sure to check out his Nail Your NaNoWrMo October feature, 31 days of NaNo project development tips.
For the writers who just can’t make up their minds:.
From Chuck Wendig at TerribleMinds: 25 Ways to Plot, Plan and Prep Your Story. Twenty-five ways, people. All you need is ONE to work for you. (This is worth the read even if you know which camp you’re in.)
How is the NaNo project development going?