Eeesh, it's been awhile since I've been able to write a post. Sorry about that. Having a chronic illness and being a single parent can really flatten you sometimes. So, on with the post! Last time we talked about developing a non-traditional hero. We discussed how archetypes are useful as a basis for creating a… Continue reading Non-Traditional Hero Part 3: Character Flaws and One Stop for Writers
Building a character is a lot like making a cake. Except you don’t want just a basic yellow cake, you want layers and frosting and all the fun stuff that makes cake great. The point is we start with a base, but we don’t stay there. That’s boring. Spice it up. Experiment, see what flavors work well together and which ones don’t. So, let’s get cooking.
What is a traditional hero? Often in fiction, especially romance, the hero is what is termed an alpha male, which I discussed in last week’s post. The often hypermasculine and overly sexualized characters (male and female) in media, while popular, are becoming cliche. So what makes a non-traditional hero? First let’s break down what a hero is and what makes them a hero.
The Alpha Character Archetype gets a lot of hype. Especially in romance, er well in most genres. I personally find it very cliche and it is something I avoid. But why, you ask? Let me explain. The Alpha Character Archetype Most of the time when you mention an alpha male people immediately think of wolves.… Continue reading The Alpha Character Role and Mad Max
I recently stumbled across a post on Tumblr claiming that it is possible to write up a complex plot in a single day. So can you? Short answer. No. A truly complex and layered plot is not something you can whip up in a day of brainstorming. What you can come up with is a… Continue reading Complex Plotting: It’s Complicated
It's not far off to say that for the most part a writer's blood is 90% coffee or some caffeinated beverage. Even Dunkin' Donuts noticed that writers are among the heaviest coffee drinkers in the industrialized world ranking #4 in their survey. I don't think that surprises anyone. You know what else fuels writers? Reviews.… Continue reading The Importance of Coffee and Air
So last time we talked about creating multi-dimensional characters and focused on the protagonist of my novel Sorrow's Fall. This week I'd like to help you look for ways to make your antagonist just as compelling and multi-faceted. After reading my post about Sorrow you are probably wondering what kind of person could possibly be… Continue reading Let’s Get Complicated Part Two: The Positives of Being a Villain
"The great destroyers of nations and men are comfort, plenty and security. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on. " - unknown “We make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion.” -… Continue reading The Owl and the Raven
This week I am very happy to have author Clare Davidson as my guest. Clare is the author of Reaper's Rhythm. When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered. Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after… Continue reading Guest Post by Clare Davidson: Four books for authors (and why I love them)
My last post explored seasons 1-5 of Supernatural and which characters represented the protagonist in each season. As discussed last time the protagonist is the person with the most to lose in the story line. The one we, the audience, are expected to most identify with on an emotional level. I'd like to also… Continue reading Protagonist, Antagonist and Just Plain Gonist: Part 2