Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Writing Questions ~ The Write it Right Series Pt. One

Hooray! The writing series! Y'all, I'm so excited it's ridiculous. Seriously I am. Just look...

That's how excited I am. I could seriously do that. Now, let's get started with the most important part of a story - the characters!
   There are numerous character-helps out there. My friend Morgan interview her characters, and Gail Carson Levine's book, Writing Magic (see more here) has a wonderful questionnaire. Different methods work different for different characters from different authors. But in my (small) experience, you must know some things about your character.
  1. What does he/she fear? I don't just mean, are they afraid of spiders? What do they fear emotionally, mentally, or physically? What is it that haunts them?
  2. What do they want most? This is your character's motive, their driving force. Arguably the most important information, you must know it. What they want also often connects to what they fear.
  3. Why? Your most valuable question, why is the key to knowing your character. Why is that their fear? Why do they want that?
  4. How does all this effect him/her? If they want to fly, what will they for the ability? How far will they go? How does that desire change them?
This is just a start. There's way more to learn about your characters. Just see what I mean.

If you know these things, you're well on your way to understanding your character. But that's just my opinion. If yours is different, tell me. I want to know.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Backward and Forward

Please tell me it isn't too late for a wrap up post of 2016. Please, please, please! It isn't? Oh wonderful. Let's begin.


2016 was a productive year blog-wise. (Is that even a word?) I posted over forty times, did my first series, and learned about blogging. Now, what were the three most popular posts this year? Let's see....

Part of my LotR/Hobbit Hairstyle Series, this post was such fun. I always enjoy a chance to fan-girl. So the post was easy to do, and it continues to get a lot of hits.

Espionage Blog Tour

I loved this book! Vannie and Kyle are so amazing, but I feel sorry for Kyle because of his dad. Wonder why? Read the interview with Sir Roland in the post.

My first post in 2016, and it's one of the most popular! How great is that? Plus the post has a great question for the new year.


I only have a few plans for 2017:
  1. Do a series on writing. The idea is to help myself helping y'all. Hopefully it'll work out, and I won't botch it.
  2. Do three braid series. Series seem to work well for my blog, and braid series are easy for me. The plan is a waterfall braid series, a basic braid series, and a Disney series.
  3. Do at least fifty posts. If I post regularly, it should be easy-ish. Wish me luck since there are fifty-two weeks in a year, and I've missed three of them.
  4. Do my best to publish Inkling Adventures. This more dream than then plan really, but I have to try. The dream release date is mid-September. More later.
Happy Belated New Year's,