Monthly Archive: March 2013

What Have Y-O-U Learned This Week? 1

What Have Y-O-U Learned This Week?

I’ve learned that: Writing is a much more complex process than readers imagine and often don’t want to know about. Every scene has innumerable plot,dialogue, setting possibilities. I love the parts of the process where I create stories, edit and talk with other writers better than what follows. I thrive on talking with other writers, sharing ideas and becoming inspired by their spirit. The more I write, the more I expect from writers who are published; old favorites dim by current standards. I might take a day off here and there, but I can’t not write! Let’s compare notes. Send...

Mirror, Mirror: A Writing Exercise 0

Mirror, Mirror: A Writing Exercise

Think about this idea. 1. Stand in front of a mirror and pretend to be your POV character. 2. What do you see looking back through the mirror?  Describe it aloud. 3. Imagine a second character standing behind you (POV character). Share aloud what the new character thinks about the POV character. 4. How do your mirror images vary in what they see? Does your writing expose those differences? 5. Work through each of your major characters. Bottom line: you must know your major characters so very well that you can climb inside their heads. There is a richness that...