Spotlight on Creating Characters
Character bio sheets are not only a simple way to create characters, they are a great way to keep track of the characters you develop. When you write a longer work, such as a novel or screenplay, it is easy to forget minor character details. If you aren’t careful, the blue eyes you described on […]
Creating a fictional character can be done in a multitude of ways. There are plenty of methods, and none of them are truly right or wrong. What is important is to find methods that work for you. Below are ten methods I detailed to help me create characters. I usually use two or more of these techniques when creating a new character so that I get more than one perspective.
How Articulate Are Your Characters? Most writers are articulate. Because they work with the written word on a daily or near daily basis, and because they have a love of language, most writers express themselves well. Just because a writer is articulate, however, doesn’t mean that a character should be articulate. Adjusting your language to […]
See Also: Creating a Character Bio Sheet In much the same way that you need to outline the action points in your plot, you should map out the relationships of your characters. Creating the backgrounds for your individual characters is important, and I covered that with this series of articles about building characters. Here, I […]
I’m going to be very busy with NaNoWriMo this month, so my postings are going to be short and to the point. Some people will probably prefer this. By the way, my current word count is 529. Thats low, but I worked an eleven hour day yesterday so I was just glad to get started […]
Spotlight on Poetry Writing
The acrostic poetry form is fun and easy to learn. For this reason it is very popular in elementary and middle school poetry programs. The key to the form is that the first letters of the first words of every line in the poem come together to spell out a word or phrase — generally […]
See Also: A Brief Glossary of Meter The term stanza means “stopping place” in Italian. A stanza is a set of lines in a poem, set apart from other sets of lines by space. Each stanza comprises its own unit. The break/space between stanzas generally indicates a pause between thoughts, concepts or actions. In standard […]
There are many legitimate poetry contests in the world. Unfortunately, there are probably more scams out there than there are legitimate contests. Poetry contests scams prey on people who want to see their names in print. There are so many people in the world who write poetry, and who want to see their poems published.
The more you read, the more you learn. The more you write, the more you develop. The crux of this advice is simple, but far too few potentially good poets follow it. Poetry is a vast art form. In my opinion, it is a far more varied form than painting. Many different types of writing […]
Spotlight on Freelancing
If there is one thing a freelance writer loves, itâ€™s telling someone elseâ€™s story. The only thing they love more is working on spec.
People wonder what it is like to be a freelance writer. I thought I would help out with a quick guide to our lifestyle. It’s pretty awesome, as you know from movies and television. The Bathrobe Have you ever wanted to go to work in your bathrobe, but were afraid of what others might say? […]
Every publicationâ€™s editor has tastes that may not be reflected in the submissions guidelines. They may prefer a specific approach to the subject matter that they publish. They may prefer that their writers have a certain background that you do not have. They may not like your sources or your use of commas.
One way to both get out among other people and feel more businesslike is to rent an office or a cubicle. Craigslist is a great place to look for workspaces. With the current economy and the number of businesses that are downsizing, it is easy to find cheap space in most metropolitan areas.