#Writerslife

A recent instagram post of mine that perfectly sums up my ongoing writing experience. (BTW–loving the writing experience this time around!)

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Character Crushes

I’ve done a lot of reading over the past 6 months and in the process I’ve not only discovered a few more character crushes to add to my list, but also found a new female heroine to admire (and maybe emulate in my own books!).

In God Save the Queen, by Kate Locke, we meet Vexation Mclaughlin. He’s a charming Scott, Alpha, and romantic interest to the MC. Could not get enough of his wit and confidence. A good balance to the often brash MC, I was glad that their romance developed naturally without the normal hemming and hawing.

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In Soulless, by Gail Carriger, we meet Lord Connal Maccon, also Alpha, a bit more rough around the edges, and romantic interest to MC. I was quickly won over by his rough manners and Scottish lilt. But his charm partly enlays in the relationship between him and my new favorite herione, Alexia Taribotti.

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Alexia is absolutely a compelling female character. She’s strong-willed, intelligent, witty, and as counterbalance, she’s a spinster with a big nose and exotic features. (Exotic for a Victorian based society, that is.)

I love how she’s confident even though she’s not seen as a traditional beauty and is a spinster–at the ripe old age of 26–in an time when that sort of thing was make-or-break. She holds her own with Lord Maccon and quickly seduces him–albeit unknowingly–with her intellect, strong personality, and self-reliance.

Alexia is a great female character to emulate, not only in real life, but in writing. I will put her on my shelf of fave female characters, alongside Scarlett O’Hara and Elizabeth Bennett.

In the world of reading, 2018 has been great to me so far! I’ve finished Origin, by Dan Brown, and I completley ran through Soulless in under a week. I’m torn between waiting a few days for Changeless (by Gail Carriger) to come in or go ahead and start A Time to Dance, by Padma Venkatraman—choices, choices, choices!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

 

Character Development: Great Concepts

This past weekend the hubs and I were watching Pan, when at the very beginning some omniscient being said something that was very enlightening.

She said, “Sometimes friends start out as enemies and enemies start out as friends.”

This simple statment speaks to me because it opens up avenues for character backstory and development. People don’t always start out as strangers, then fall into their permanent places. People evolve. Relationships change based on character decisions. I love getting this simple concept conveyed so concisely!

Anyway, just food for thought. Sustenance for your muses.

Cheers and have a great week!

New Year’s Res…’Cause We All Gotta Have One

Hey folks, I’m back from a crazy holiday season! I had a great time visiting with family, but I’m definitely happy to be getting  back to normal routines. So, now that I can afford to think about writing again, here’s what I have planned for 2018.

  1. Finish the first draft of Refining Sylver. My werewolf, urban fantasy novel is just about 60,000 words and entering the final leg. I’m hoping to have the first draft wrapped up by March. Fingers crossed!
  2. Start a new novel project. I’ve got two ideas right now: one about a color-blind alien race with some sort of conquering tendancies, and another about the estranged son of the boogie man looking for a little distinction. Maybe I’ll flip a coin?
  3. Write two short stories. I figure one for the first half of the year and one for the second. Something to do inbetween editing and writing bigger things.

Other goals:

  1. Read a bunch of books! I got a few for Christmas that I’m totally psyched for: A Time To Dance by Padma Venkatraman, and Soulless by Gail Carriger. We’ll see what else comes down the pike, but I’m eager to continue my reading endeavors.
  2. Blog.
  3. Take the dog out more. Sometimes I get wrapped up with kids and life. I’d like to make sure the dog gets more time at the park or more walks around the neighborhood.
  4. Draw more character sketches (they’re fun).

 

I have no lofty goals about getting in shape or eating better. We’ll leave that for another year.

So, do you make goals for the new year, or just let it swing? Please leave a comment or experience below! I’d love to chat.

Character Code

Man, for anyone working on building characters, this is a great article to read by Janet Reid. The article is entitled Code and discusses what drives a character’s decisions.

As someone who is under constant meditation about what makes up a character, I found the article very clarifying.

So jump over and check out Janet Reid’s blog! You’ll be glad you did.

Trying out Instagram!

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After attending two writer’s conferences within the past year that boasted the benefits of Instagram, I finally got around to making an account! I’ve been Instagramming for about 2 months, and I have to admit, it’s growing on me. I’m still a big fan of Twitter. Afterall, as a writer, it gives me lots of opportunities to read other people’s WIP blips and to share my own.

Instagram has given me a new outlet for expression, though. I haven’t fully defined my style yet, but I mostly post pics of my writing endeavors, and all the things going on as part of my writing experience, ie: cats, coffee, books, etc.

The hard-thing I have with Instagram is the hashtags. They seem to be all over the place. If you have a fave Instagram hashtag for writers let me know! I love to connect more successfully.

Anyway, click here to check out my Instagram page! I hope everyone had a super fun Thanksgiving and holiday weekend. Cheers!