Archive for the ‘Storytelling’ Category

Writing During the Holidays

November 21, 2021

 

Make a Goal for Yourself

Writing during the holidays can be difficult. Who has time to write when you could be stuffing your face with pie or relaxing watching a Christmas movie?

Making a goal for your writing can help with the slump you may find yourself in. Pick out a goal for yourself; whether it’s writing for a certain amount of time, or writing to a word count a day.

Also pick a time to begin writing each day that you’re relatively free, and be consistent. It helps to make your writing constant. Whatever your goal is, make it a priority and stick to it.

Get Cozy and Write

Sometimes writers don’t want to venture outside to find material for their writing. With the holidays and the warmth their home brings during that time, it’s hard to do anything but snuggle with a blanket and relax.

However, you can still celebrate and write at the same time. Everyone feels the holiday spirit in different ways. Whether it’s curling into that warm blanket, having hot chocolate, or listening to Christmas music, pick what works for you. Just make sure, whatever you choose, to remember your writing goals and write!

Use Inspiration from Daily Activities

There are times when ideas seem to take a vacation for the holidays. We sit around and wait for inspiration to come, yet can’t find anything to write about. However, there are endless amounts of activities to do. Baking treats, making snowmen, watching movies, going on a sleigh ride, or looking at holiday lights.

You can write about your experience with an activity, or make a list of the best seasonal things to do in your area.

Writing during the holidays can be difficult but, whatever piques your interest, find it and get to writing.

You may find the inspiration to write after all.

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Gentle Readers, my books have all garnered some terrific reviews. You can see many of them by using the Amazon link below. Check them out. Better yet, buy one and read it. You just might like it.

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You’re invited to visit my author’s website, BROKEN GLASS to hear the remarkable radio interview about my novel “Blood Lake” on The Authors Show, or see my three local television interviews. You can also find me on Goodreads, or follow my shorter ramblings on The Twitter.

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Unlikely Character Friendships Strengthen Story

September 10, 2021

There’s something about unlikely friendships that hook our attention. It’s a fascination that seems to be fairly universal, because you see it virtually everywhere. Why?

The tension that emerges from the combination of the unexpected certainly creates compelling interactions between characters, but I think there’s more going on than that.

Unlikely friendships are an embodiment of the way the world can delight and surprise us. There’s something inherently hopeful in unlikely friendships that speaks to our ability to connect.

In a narrative, these unlikely companionships can do some heavy lifting, both soothe and threaten their situations, and provide a relief from the darkness of the lives of the characters. But it does more than that. It can highlight the depth and complexity of the characters for the reader.

By forcing these characters to really see each other, the reader is forced to look beneath the surface, too. They are able to see the ways the characters are different, but also the ways they are the same. Through that juxtaposition you allow the characters to be vulnerable.

That’s the power of unexpected friendships: their ability to take the reader by surprise, and force them into the story.

To write convincing fiction you need to know your characters inside out. You don’t need to let the reader know every detail, but I believe you need to know it.

This requires a fair bit of honesty, compassion and research. Reach within yourself, find the emotional truth, then dig deeper. Let your characters see and respond to each other. You can’t create a believable friendship, if you don’t know who your characters are.

What is it they hide from each other? What is it they see in each other that no one else does? How do they show care or frustration to the other? What rubs them the wrong way? What threatens them? What makes them laugh? What does this friendship give them? When and how do they feel this? How do their interactions change them?

Show the reader these aspects and you allow the reader to see your characters in a new way. This can be used not just to drive the narrative and to deepen the reader’s understanding of the story, but also to add light and shade to the emotional tide of the narrative.

Writing about an unlikely friendship, like unlikely friendships themselves, really has no rules, but I think the key thing to keep in mind is its power lies in its ability to surprise and delight the reader.

Keep this in mind when you write, and see if you don’t surprise yourself, too.

I’m Still Here

August 9, 2021

I realize it’s been a while since I posted. It’s not because I have nothing to say, but sometimes it feels that way.

Every time I sit down to write, I’m aware of the latest news reports, talking about the virus that’s been plaguing our planet for almost two years, or the sad political commentary that surrounds the best efforts of science to help us alleviate the problem.

I also sit disturbed by the horrendous things affecting our climate right now, or the increasing amount of violence in our cities. Between the many crises it’s often hard to concentrate on writing.

I wish I had an answer for it. Unfortunately, I don’t.

All I can recommend is, for all of you who want to be writers, is keep writing. Take the many things you’ve already found here, and pull in elements from your own experiences in these hard times. It may not make the day any easier, but I can assure you, it will make your writing outstanding.

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Gentle Readers, my books have all garnered some terrific reviews. You can see all of them by using the Amazon link below. Check them out. Better yet, buy one and read it. You just might like it.

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You’re invited to visit my author’s website, BROKEN GLASS to hear the remarkable radio interview about my novel “Blood Lake” on The Authors Show, or see my three local television interviews. You can also like my Book of Face page, find me on Goodreads, or follow my shorter ramblings on The Twitter.

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Comments posted below will be read, greatly appreciated and perhaps even answered.


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