Friday, November 19, 2010

Have You Seen This?

Hunger Games: Katniss & Rue

Just so you know, this made me cry, so be prepared. ;) Enjoy!

Happy Friday, everyone! :)

Monday, November 8, 2010


I just typed "The End" on my rewrite! And not just because I felt like typing it. I really am done. Granted, some of my final words were written while I had a temperature of 101.5, so maybe it won't all be coherent. And I know my ending is awful and will need extensive editing and maybe even more rewriting, but right now, I don't care, because the hard part is done. I'm so excited! If I didn't feel like I'd been run over by the flu truck, I'd be doing a happy dance. Since I can't, I'll let this baby dance for me. He's better at it, anyway. :)

And (this is just me gloating now) my goal was to end at 75,000 to 80,000 words and I'm at just over 79,000. :) Yea!

Hope you're all having a fabulous Monday!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Blog Chain: My Imaginary Friends

It's blog chain time again, and I'm starting this round! Exciting and scary at the same time. Okay, here's what I want to know:

Where do your characters come from? And once they've been introduced to you, how do you get to know them?

Most of my characters are loosely based on people I've known throughout my life. Or, more accurately, different traits from multiple people crammed into each character. I've also stolen a trait or two from characters I've liked in movies or on TV. And, of course, all my characters have a little bit of me in them--some more than others. But that’s just the beginning. My characters have to feel like living, breathing people before I can really get to the heart of the story, which, to me, is the characters. :) So how do I get there?

I've tried all sorts of things to improve my understanding of my characters. Those dreadful character interviews. Ugh. I don't even like filling those out for myself. And journaling from the character's POV, but it never lasts very long. I always want to get back to writing, which usually happens after I'm distracted by a bit of dialogue that I just have to write down. That leads to a reaction from another character and, before you know it, I've completely forgotten about whatever lame interview/journal thing I was working on.

It's taken a lot of trial and error to figure this out, but the thing that works best for me is just writing--scenes that usually don't end up in the finished product but help me understand how a character would react in a situation. The key is to go in with no preconceived ideas about how the scene should go. I just present a conflict--story-related or otherwise--and let the characters take over. This has worked for most of my characters. Sure, in the end I have a lot of discarded scenes, but it's what works for me.

So what about you? How do you get to know your characters?
Be sure to check out Cole's post tomorrow. :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


And the winner of Blue Fire by Janice Hardy is...

Email me your mailing address and I'll get it out to you.

Thanks, everyone, for entering! I hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday! :)