Last week, Bridgett blogged about 6 elements of a great novel. I thought I’d tackle one of those points in today’s post. (Whew, wish me luck!)
When you read, what makes you love or hate a character? For me, it’s how the character is developed. In the first few pages, am I drawn into their world? Can I relate to something they are going through? Better yet, am I experiencing their emotions as my own?
Sherbia & Diviak by M. Bergren
Everyone does goofy and stupid things. We all have different ideas of how things should be done, or how we should handle conflict. We each have a different flavor of ice cream we love. Some people don’t even like ice cream. (Gasp!)
I have an awesome (yes, I’m an 80’s kid) group of brainstorming partners, and our recent sessions have been great. I’ve got proof, notebook pages full of ideas for my WIP. However, practical application, sitting in the chair and transforming those ideas into words on the pages has been a bit slow for me.
So, I decided I needed to reignite inspiration. Spending time with the Master Artist, listing to music and reading, and having some fun with writing prompts. There are so many great websites for writers and ones based on writing prompts…here are a few I found. Continue reading →
Shara’s hopes of at last fitting in with her fellow Ehlief are as bright as the green and brown strands of her fanned tail, as high as the notes she can’t stop singing. Until, that is, she learns the price of discovering her true destiny…
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Shara’s tale, “Vinesinger,” my debut fantasy flash fiction story, releases today in Havok magazine!
What is flash fiction? What’s an Ehlief? Never heard of Havok magazine? And more importantly, where can you get a copy? Continue reading →
It’s interesting to me when people find out you’re a writer, they get excited and the first question they ask, “What do you write?” When I answer speculative fiction, the question, and their excitement, turns inside out and shape shifts into, “You write what?” Continue reading →
Writers are often inspired to tackle tough questions of politics, philosophy, or faith. Sometimes we set out to explore such issues. Sometimes our characters blindside us with them.
Lurel, the main character of a fantasy short story I wrote earlier this year (below), did just that. All I’d set out to do was enter a contest!
Her question: Are we redeemed from the curse, or do we reap what we sow? Or is it both?
Starlight danced across the rippling river water as Lurel tugged the amulet from beneath the lace bodice of her borrowed gown. Never had she worn anything so fine, but Lord Blackthorne insisted a pauper’s homespun wouldn’t suffice for baiting a unicorn. Continue reading →
Villains, those characters who make a novel, movie, or story more exciting. The monsters, madmen, marauders, and even mischief-makers who cause trouble for our heroes and send chills down our spines.
As film and literature fans, why do we love to hate them so much?
If you are a writer, do you ever wonder why their scenes are the most exciting to craft?
As humans, how often have we asked the question, “Why does God even allow evil to exist?”
At the 2014 Realm Makers writers’ conference, author L. B. Graham touched on these questions as well as other aspects of villainy, including how to address the realities of evil while still honoring God. Continue reading →