Character prompts

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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 ...

Writing Goals

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What are Your Writing Goals? What are you writing goals? Have they changed? I know that one of my early writing goals was to write a great read-aloud picture book. And a second goal was to write a middle grade fantasy. Those are still my goals. Yet, I'm working on a middle grade, character-driven (definitely NOT a ...

Teens

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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 Essentials First, be a reader. Read widely. (more…)

Character and Plot

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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 ...