Monthly Archives: February 2012

Trench Coat & Cowboy Hat #2


In my last post I started an exercise of coming up with characters based on a description of wearing a trench coat and a cowboy hat. I’m continuing it here. The spotlight suddenly illuminated a figure wearing a trench coat … Continue reading

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Trench Coat & Cowboy Hat


I see I didn’t post anything yesterday. On the one hand that indicates I fell off my goal to write 2,000 words a day, every day, but then again I was doing a different kind of writing yesterday. My software … Continue reading

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Archetypes


Archetypes are widely recognized characters or roles used in storytelling. These are the ones most writers focus on: Protagonist The protagonist is the main character in the story, the one who the main story arc is built around. He’s the … Continue reading

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Character Charts


I have a confession to make: I’ve been posting a lot about creating characters because I’ve been working on some software to support the character creation process, and these posts have helped clarify my mind about what the process should … Continue reading

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Making a Scene


Do you have any particular technique you use when writing a scene, or do you just write? I wonder, because I’m trying to settle on how much planning I should put into my writing. When I write a blog post … Continue reading

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A Quick Character Generator


Do you ever feel the need for character to use in a scene, but are coming up blank on what that character should be like? Or maybe you just want to flex your literary muscles and need a seed to … Continue reading

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The Problem With Magic


I like “speculative fiction”. For decades I was a science fiction fan, preferably hard science fiction. Harry Potter got me interested in fantasy, but also got me thinking about why I generally don’t like fantasy. The Dresden Files, first the … Continue reading

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Casper Mitty


Sketching out another character here. Casper Mitty is a guy with big ideas, but little capacity to bring them to fruition. He’ll start out with something simple, and then throw in layer after layer of complexity until it has the … Continue reading

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Appearance and Content


Ok, I’ve got a few posts up here now, and when I check out the blog to see how it looks, I’m struck by how … blah it is. No visual punch. No pictures. Not much style. When I’m reading … Continue reading

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Selene


Selene is a supporting character I’m working on for a book that I’m just beginning to write. The story is an Urban Fantasy that revolves around a Wizard searching for knowledge and artifacts. Selene is an Amazon whose training has … Continue reading

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