Souvenirs from My Internet Travels June 3-24

I haven’t done a link roundup in a while because I’ve been trying to stay offline and actually write in my free time. But here’s a few I think shouldn’t be overlooked. I’m not a big Cassandra Clare fan. I’ve only read Clockwork Angel, which I enjoyed for what it was worth, but didn’t inspire… Continue reading Souvenirs from My Internet Travels June 3-24

NSWC Lesson #3: Getting to Know Your Character

Though I’ve done similar lists when developing my characters, a few of the prompts used during our character trait brainstorming exercise were not only ones I hadn’t used before, but they were also enlightening. What is your character’s most prized possession? There may not ever be a chance to reveal this in story, but I… Continue reading NSWC Lesson #3: Getting to Know Your Character

NSWC Lesson #2: The Ladder of Specificity

The workshop I participated in at NSWC was about building compelling characters. The focus was on characterization in scene. We did several exercises to explore our main character. One I found especially useful, practically and conceptually, was “the ladder of specificity (or abstraction)” when deciding what details to include in scenes. First, we discussed why… Continue reading NSWC Lesson #2: The Ladder of Specificity

NSWC Lesson #1: POV and Tense

A lot of people have different agendas for their blog. Mine is a way for me to process my thoughts on writing (and reading. Sometimes even life). So many bloggers write with their audience in mind and share their knowledge on craft. That’s not something I’m attempting to (or am qualified to) do. This is… Continue reading NSWC Lesson #1: POV and Tense