::crawls up from dark hole in the earth with pens and candy wrappers sticking out of the snarl of her hair:: ::blinks:: Helloooooooooo! I fell off a bit of a cliff with this blog the last couple of months, but that’s because I was finishing Veil of Thorns. The first draft is officially DONE! I’m letting it simmer for a bit before I dive into revisions, and concurrently I’ll be working on the SSS (super secret steampunk) project that I’m hoping to have ready in time for Pitch Wars. So, there is my mini writing update. Now let’s dig right in to this Writing Wednesday post!
I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been VERY engrossed in finishing my first draft of Skydancer Book 2. But I did manage to write some more flash last month for the challenge. This was my favorite prompt, the word to go with it was FACADE. Happy Friday, friends!
Coinciding with NaNoCamp this month, I’m teaming up with a fellow writer from #Bookstagram to host a Flash Fiction Challenge & Giveaway! Visit the challenge post on my Instagram (link in sidebar) for the full details on how to enter the giveaway. But even if you don’t participate on Instagram, feel free to use these prompts and post to your blog or other social media accounts. Share and tag me, so I can read!
Creating characters that readers can connect with is the key to writing kingdom. Stories are all the same. Unique worlds, though numerous and sometimes extremely vivid, are all just variations on a theme. Characters are the only part of writing that can be truly unique and original. Characters sell the story and the world and can stay with us long after the riveting action and intriguing backdrop have faded from memory. So, how to write a unique and memorable character? Most of them don’t spring fully formed into a writer’s mind. It takes some effort to create a multi-dimensional made-up person! It’s definitely not as simple as giving them an…
I took a much-needed vacation in mid-November and once I came back, it was as if the wind had gone out of my sails. Not in a bad way! Actually it would be more accurate to say that instead of the hurricane frenzy I left in, I came back riding a nice subtle breeze. So rather than try to gear up for a big push at the end of the year, I decided to just relax and let things flow.
With Wonder Woman dominating the box office this past summer and all of the AMAZING female protagonists we have in the mainstream and blowing up the fantasy genre, I thought it a perfect time to revisit a post I wrote back in 2008. It’s heartening to see that in less than a decade, women in fiction have come so far. Little girls have so many female heroes to look up to now! (PS: my money is STILL on Daenerys to rule Westeros #teamfireandice #motherofdragons ) But writing a “kickass” heroine can come with some pitfalls. Make sure you watch out for them!