Monday, November 3, 2008

How would your characters vote?

Don't worry, I'm not getting political. This is, and will remain, a writing blog. However, I think it can be a fun exercise to take each of your main characters and imagine them debating the issues and choosing a candidate. To some, this may be the fun equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard, but the point of the exercise is to know your characters better.

Maybe write a short dinner party scene in which your characters take their sides and defend their positions. In the process, make sure you are being true to the character you have written thus far in your book (assuming it is an unfinished novel). Or perhaps you will learn something new about your character that you had never considered before, maybe even some back story. Anyway, have fun with it and strengthen your characters in the process.

Here's my latest true confessions in writing. I finished two more scenes this week in my screenplay. Slowly but surely, I'm finishing the movie so I can get back to the novel.

I found an interesting article titled "The literary web" that talks about the habits and tools of readers using web resources.

Another reminder that this is NaNoWriMo month, where thousands of people try to write a novel in a month. If you are interested in getting a late start, here's an article on it.

Think you'll never finish your novel? That you will never be published? Take encouragement from someone who has just finished the journey, Alice J. Wisler with her book Rain Song. Reading about how she made it may be the push you need to continue writing.

Last but not least, here is an interview on query letters and pitches.

That's all for this week. Until next time, lets keep on writing.

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