What these people doing on these pages?
This is the third installment in a series I’m doing on StoryCrafting. We started with Revision and followed that with Characters Part 1 – Main, Principal, Central.
One of the comments I often get regarding my novel Empty Sky is the number of primary characters it contains.
Yes! You know those characters that are neither main protagonist nor main antagonist yet without whom your story wouldn’t exist? Those are what I call primary characters. A working story with only two characters (and those two characters better be your protagonist and antagonist) is going to be either brilliant or short and perhaps both. Often those two characters needs to be complex to make the story interesting. A story with only one or two characters of only one- or two-dimensions that’s interesting…well, I haven’t read one (and am open to suggestion).
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She's Pretty But Will Deny She's Perfect...Maybe
Hello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews.
Today’s guest is pretty and working towards perfection Heather LeRoss. Heather writes about juggling being a mom, wife, human being, superhero and daughter and does so combining humor, self-awareness, compassion and empathy, so she’s juggling quite a bit no matter how you look at it. I’d like everyone to stand up and give Heather LeRoss a big round of applause for taking part in our exciting adventure.
We need come at everything with kindness. I believe in the power of a good old fashioned phone call, of sharing a cup of coffee.
Heather LeRoss’ Bio
Heather’s an imperfect human trying to raise perfect humans. She’s mom to 2 boys of her own and a step-son. She lives in the gross world of boys who argue about using soap in the shower and ensure the dog always has fun stuff to lick in the bathroom.
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Does it count if I say "I love the font you used!"?
This is the fourth installment of a thread covering critiquing methods I’ve encountered in my writing career. This post discusses a critiquing method wherein participants have to say something nice about a submission before they can critique it.
Finding a critique group that’s good for you is based on one question:
What is your goal/reason for being in a critique group?
My goal is simple and direct; improve my storytelling and storycrafting/increase my skill levels/learn my craft.
You have to say something nice
These critique groups vary from “You have to say something nice first” to “You can only say nice things”. This format falls under a larger format I call “Ruled to Death”. The You have to say something nice format occurs so often I’m giving it its own post.
First thing; if a critique group has this rule in place, it’s probably a reaction to harsh and perhaps abusive activity. Get out while you can!
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Who is that person and what are they doing in your story?
This is the second installment in a series I’m doing on StoryCrafting (this series began with Revision). This time we start investigating characters. Readers tell me I do great characters and my character development and growth are outstanding (one publisher wrote me that my characters are “spot on”).
Yippee for me because I work at it. It’s nice when one’s work is recognized and appreciated.
Part of my working at character resulted in my breaking down characters into categories based on their purpose in a story; Main, Primary, Secondary, Minor and Stage Direction. Character categories are different from character types; hero, villain, love interest, sidekick, comic relief, et cetera.
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You need inspiration? Good, because you're not going to find an excuse.
Hello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews. Today’s guest, Giacomo “Jim” Giammatteo, holds the record (as of May 2018) for the most books published in a year.
Care to take a guess how many? I’ll tell you now they wouldn’t all fit in a breadbox. Maybe a bread carton and probably a bread truck.
Perhaps one of those books deals with writer’s cramp?
Continue reading “Giacomo ‘Jim’ Giammatteo – Walking Wild Boars and Best Friends”