One of the books I am just starting right now is in the exploration stage. I want to base it in Vancouver. It is an urban fantasy and usually I create fictional cities, but as a Canadian I feel I should use a fine Canadian city. I was looking for populous. And I love Vancouver.…… Continue reading Setting
Where do characters come from? I’ll admit I often start a story with a character. So the character is important to me. I choose that character to create a story for him or her. So where do I get them from? People say don’t piss me off. I’ll write you into my book. In a…… Continue reading Where do characters come from?
I have myself a new writing assignment. A written interview with a company I would really like to work for. They gave me a great topic to write and I am excited about it already. With some ideas whiling about. In fact, I have the intro down already with a spice of humor in it.…… Continue reading Written Interview nerves
You know you are a writer when even your dreams are consumed by characters… not you. By plot-lines and magic and fictional lands and mystery. I love dreaming for that. However, even awake I am consumed by these plots and ideas. I will start daydreaming at the oddest of times. Have these mini conversations in…… Continue reading Half in the parallel universe
An interesting prompt to be sure. I have two novels I am working on and generally I have working titles as well. One I know the title I will use and the other I am not sure about yet. The first: The I of Me ‘I’ and the ‘me’ – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia…… Continue reading Writing Prompt: Google your title
I have been working on a new novel for a bit now. It has flowed well. Then stuttered to a stop mid scene. Something was off about this scene. It would just not play out right. What do you do when you falter? When you know beyond a doubt that something is just off about…… Continue reading Let it simmer
I generally speaking keep a notebook on each novel I write for ideas. In there I include character profiles. I have descriptors I use. Traits I want to keep in mind for future reference. I keep it fairly simple and this is the method I have always used.It is interesting to map out your characters…… Continue reading Character mapping and profiles
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I have had this novel on the back burner for years. It has a great concept. A great cast of characters. A great world. Itching the back of my brain for some time.And yet something never clicked with it.I would not toss it. I just simply would stare at it every so often. Play around…… Continue reading The break
Check out: Ten Tips for a Terrific Antagonist I love a good antagonist. One point that really stuck out for me was: 4. Make sure your antagonist—at least in his own mind—has justification for everything he does. He has to believe he’s in the right, otherwise your reader won’t feel he’s real and will…… Continue reading Looking at the Antagonist
So I have this new Samsung tablet I have been getting used to. So far, yes, I have a lot of games. Yes, indeed I do. However, I want to get a little more tech savvy with it. I have my dropbox on it. I even downloaded Evernote. I feel all connected now. But having…… Continue reading Trying to get my tech savvy on
I have finished my most recent novel and am in the process of self-publishing the ebook. It is difficult to know when to let go though. When to say ‘this is done’. I am never quite satisfied. When you first finish the rough draft there is always this intense satisfaction. You feel great and the…… Continue reading When to let it go
I am currently listing to my playlist called ‘the 80’s’. A fun playlist which always amuses me because while in the 80’s I rather loathed the music but now it makes me all nostalgic. A sign of getting old I’m sure. Or nuts. Or both likely. A total eclipse of the heart. I wonder what…… Continue reading Music and writing
“For me, inspiration comes from a bunch of places: desperation, deadlines… A lot of times ideas will turn up when you’re doing something else. And, most of all, ideas come from confluence — they come from two things flowing together. They come, essentially, from daydreaming. . . . And I suspect that’s something every human…… Continue reading Neil Gaiman: Where do you get your ideas from?