I’m over 30,000 words on this revision and still clicking along pretty good. I just have one question for my characters: Why were you so bland in that first draft?
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“There’s an old adage in writing: ‘Don’t tell, but show.’ . . .Writing is not psychology. We do not talk ‘about’ feelings. Instead the writer feels and through her words awakens those feelings in the reader. The writer takes the reader’s hand and guides him through the valley of sorrow and joy without ever having to mention those words.”
– Natalie Goldberg, poet and writing teacher
Random Prompts for Character Development
Last year, I bought Natalie Goldberg’s book, Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir. A friend saw Goldberg present at a bookstore about this book and was impressed, so I bit.
Now, I’m not much into writing a memoir. My life has been pretty average. But I’ve kept this book close for the last six weeks or so as I work through the revision on my novel-in-progress. Why? Because it centers on character description and a character’s inner life, and has tons of prompts. Continue reading
What are Your Writing Goals?
What are you writing goals? Have they changed?
Yet, I’m working on a middle grade, character-driven (definitely NOT a fantasy) novel. Continue reading
I’m going today to a high school English class and writing class to talk about my writing process. It may not come up, but I’ve been thinking about what advice I would give a teen about becoming a fiction writer.
Advice on Becoming a Fiction Writer
First, be a reader. Read widely. Continue reading
These characters in my mind are not real. They aren’t. When a character puts me under house arrest, I have to remember that I can escape. — Michael Cadnum, poet and novelist.
I’ve been working on my plot this week – which means I’ve been working on character.
I’ve been struck again by how interwoven these two are. We artificially separate them out to talk about them, but in practice, you can’t work on plot without considering character.
- Conflict. For example, when I tried to decide on what conflict would enhance this plot, Continue reading