Faced with the daunting task of raising thousands of dollars to take five kids to the Forensics National Tournament in Indianapolis this summer, I have spent the last several weeks enconsced in fundraising activities such as sending kids out in their professional business attire to solicit (beg) for donations, running concession stands, and supporting parents who held a … Continue reading McWhat?!?
When we think of "initiations," we often think of drinking rituals or hazing type situations which somehow solidify a group. In terms of the Hero Cycle, or Hero's Journey, the "Initiation" is the second major stage. I wrote about the first stage, "The Departure," here, if you're interested. This archetypal pattern appears in contemporary fiction, … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #2 – The Initiation
A week ago it happened. It was happily writing along. One character was telling a story about a situation to another character. I thought I knew what happened. I was writing it after all, but then, when the character finished telling the story, he let it slip that not just one, but TWO other characters had died. I had … Continue reading If my characters keep dying, does that make me a serial killer?
I’ve been waiting for someone. This is not someone I know, but someone I want to get to know. Actually, she’s a character. I didn’t realize she was a somewhat major character until last week when her role in my story grew. Now, I need to get to know her in order to move on, … Continue reading Getting Characters to Come and Play . . . or Not
Last weekend, a friend and I got inspired to clean out our closets and garages and hold a yard sale. We set up some tables on the driveway, loaded them up, priced all our goodies with little round neon stickers and were ready to go. The morning was a study in people watching, not quite … Continue reading Want to people watch? Hold a yard sale.
1) You get to have true schizophrenic moments and hear voices in your head without a need for medication or institutionalization. Its odd how, when you begin to really develop a character, they talk to you. I can literally see them in my mind’s eye, and we chat. I write as fast as I can, … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Write a Character Sketch
When I had my children, the first one had a name way before he got here; the second one took a little longer. She was here, in our arms, for a few hours before she had a name. Now, I’ve given birth to a slew of characters all of whom need names. Most of them … Continue reading Name Block