Posts Tagged ‘characters’

Acknowledging your Characters

November 24, 2014

Hi everyone,

Since there isn’t much to talk about in regards to news, I’ll get right to something that I finally accepted into my writing psyche.

I used to think of my characters, minor and otherwise, as people who passed through and told me their stories. In reality, they are people who come, tell me their story, and live with me. Some choose to leave, while, others set up shop. I know that sounds weird, but if you think about it, you are their creator, and why wouldn’t they affect you? I knew at the beginning of Sword of Earth that each character was a part of my personality, and I disrespected my main character.

How? I didn’t think I needed to research her world, except for what I needed for the story. In reality, I needed to write notes or something. I wouldn’t though. I did a little bit. I tried to draw what they looked like, but it didn’t work. It took me three years, and almost loosing my art and writing to realize this. I finally wrote Maidenhood Sign in response to this. I have finally acknowledged that a sixth character, my antagonist needed to be acknowledged. Her name is Kamisha Shotke, and she is my dark side. Writing her story, which will be a series of short stories will be a challenge, as I strive to focus on God. In doing this, I have finally been able to pick up a pencil and draw again and begin to write. I am beginning to feel whole again.

So what’s going on now? Well, I am going to start writing more of the Elementals’ history and looking into their world. Maidenhood Sign has been sent to Podcastle For their Artimis Rising event in February. I should know by Christmas Day at the latest if it has been accepted. If this story isn’t accepted, I will start a part of my website dedicated to the Elementals’ stories.

So, my advice to you is respect your characters, no matter how minor they are. Even if you have a servant with only a bit part in your novel, you can respect them by writing a blurb about them, describing them, their uniform, or their history. Anything that will help you. You never know, they may assert themselves in another way.

So, my advice to you is to make sure you know your characters, even a little; they are your friends, even the bad ones. They won’t hurt you. Until next time, may your journeys be safe; take care, and God bless.

PS. Feel free to comment on my posts. I would enjoy talking with you about my writing, or my art. I would also like to know if you want me to write about more topics. If so, what are they?

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News and quirks

November 20, 2013

Hi everyone,

As you saw earlier, I posted something that had a date back in August.  It’s odd, but I had written it, and I thought I had posted it, but for some reason it didn’t.  I hope you enjoy it, as well as what I have written now.

So what has been happening in the past couple of months?  Plenty.  I have published more poems at The King’s Poetry, and I’m almost finished another podcast for The King’s Poetry Podcast.  I have also completed several pieces of art and hope to post it to Hearts Alive! News and Art Gallery, not to mention others.

Speaking of art, I had my art on display at Edmonton Expo, the local comic and entertainment expo.  The event was a success; some people grabbed some cards.  Nothing was sold though, but that’s ok.  It was all about getting the word out there that mattered.

Ok.  Now on to the writing that I have been doing.  I have written some poems, but I haven’t been putting them up.  One new one, as well as a revision will be up soon, not to mention a poem of a featured poet, Leah Pauls.  I will also be putting up links to the appropriate podcasts.  I have a lot to do, and that’s the truth.  I have a little more written on Sword of Earth.  I am still on chapter 9, but it’s coming.  I am also working on a lot of short stories.  I know, but I plan on kicking it into high next gear soon.  I have needed a break, and now it seems that I am thinking of Horsemaster more and more again.  She is once again becoming a part of me again.  I know she is always a part of me, but somehow I think we could have been at odds with each other due to description.  I wasn’t willing before to describe her homeland or show more, but now that I am, especially after attending a workshop entitled “Show, don’t Tell” at Pagemaster Publications Services on November 7.

I am going to be restructuring this site in the next few weeks.  I will be making up an area with interesting links to not only my accounts I want you to know about, but also to sites and blogs I believe you would want to hear about.

I pray all is going well with you.  May your journeys be safe.  Take care, and God bless.

Vacation Post

July 11, 2012

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I titled this post Vacation Post because I started it while I was on vacation in the beginning of June.  We went to William Watson Lodge.  While looking for a good explanation and pictures, I found another wordpress blog.  It can be found here.   We spent a week there this summer, and that’s where this post came from.  Enjoy.

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Hi everyone,

I have been doing a lot these days, and I’ve learned a lot too.  One of the things I have learned is to never use a usb as a continual drive.  What I mean is that I have used a usb drive to work from in real time.  It worked for a while, but when I accidentally bumped it, I destroyed a link in it.  I was so upset!  Well, since then, I have decided to work only to use flash drives.  Well, throughout this week, I’ve realized that going extreme isn’t the way to go either.  So, I’ve decided that the 32 gig drive that I bought is going to be my backup drive.  It shouldn’t get bumped if I use it sparatically.

I am right in the heart of Aylanna and L’Eaua’s country, and I am so thankful to be here.  They are a part of me, so I feel contented on more than one front.  I am feeling relaxed, and my characters are taking in everything they can; they miss the mountains.

So, I’ve decided to start videoing all the falls that I come to, not to mention any trickles – basically anything that has a sound.  I’ve also taken some videos of walking down a couple of woodland paths.  It’s been an adventure, and I”m thankful to have been on it.  I have decided to show one of the pictures here, as well as one of the videos, so I hope you enjoy them.  Look out for some more pictures in the future too.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Michelle

Thankfulness and Characters – Item found!

June 1, 2011

A few posts back, I lost my thumb drive, or rather, I thought I did. Well, guess what? I found it! It was in a totally unexpected place; my craft bag! I am so thankful to God for that! I tried to move forward in my editing, but I felt like something was holding me back. I was even second guessing myself. Well, now it’s back.

It gets me thinking about my main character, Aylanna. How does she express thankfulness? How does any character express it? Is a sacrifice made? I think to the times when I’m thankful. I feel joyful. I cheer. Sometimes if it’s big enough, I’ll even jump up and down a little, but we all express it differently.

Also, another thing to think about is how your character acts when something is lost. I get frantic, depending on whether or not I have an inkling of whether or not it’s in the house or somewhere safe. I kinda did with the thumb drive, but there were times when I doubted it.

So, what about your characters?

Until next time, God bless.

Characters

September 28, 2010

Characters are very important, and as I found out this weekend at the Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship Conference this weekend, it’s very important to develop an emotional connection with your audience.  One way is to know your characters.  There are many ways to do this, but my favorite is using a worksheet.

The next post or two will be about characters.  There are many pdf’s and pages around the net for character creation, and it’s very helpful to have them.  Whether or not you have your character created, the sheet can save your life.  Be careful of what you download, for there are many that are created for the purpose of role playing games.  They may be fine for role playing, but they don’t go into the depth you need for your story.

Why?  Continuity.  If you have said that your character has a deep voice at the beginning, and later in your story, you say he sings like a tenor, then people aren’t going to believe you.  You loose credibility.

Here’s a good sheet for you to use.  Go to http://ezinearticles.com/?Using-Character-Sheets-in-Fiction-Writing&id=573563

So, whether you are creating a short story or a novel, these worksheets are the way to go.  I hope you enjoyed this blog.  Please feel free to comment, and happy writing!