In the last post, I talked about developing a premise. You can check it out here. This week, we will talk about creating characters.
Characters are the foundation on which a story is built. They are the most essential part of developing your story. The premise is your guideline to what sort of characters you will need. So how do we connect them?
First, you need to look at what your premise tells you about your characters. Going back to my example from my earlier post, w
For this week's blog post, I thought I'd share some of my research. For A Sea of Broken Glass, I had fun researching weapons. This flintlock fantasy is set in a world where turn-of-the-century technology mixes with magic. It has a bit of a wild west feel but with flintlock pistols as opposed to the more commonly known Colt or Smith & Wesson revolvers. My weapon of choice for this novel (beyond some really cool magic) is the Lorenzoni Repeating Flintlock Pistol. Thank you to
Writers have lots of tools in their toolbox for creating worlds and stories. That’s why it’s important for them to practice various techniques. You never know when a story will call for a unique narrative device. For fun, I’ve started taking part in a writer’s group that is focused on playing around with various narrative devices. The challenge is to use a writing prompt and create a short story that is between 300 to 500 words using specific techniques. Once a month, I will
Writers are a peculiar breed. Many of us are solitary creatures that live off the tears of our muse and copious quantities of chocolate and caffeine. We create worlds with a breath and destroy them with a keystroke. But, we are also fragile beings that need plenty of love. I’m not talking hugs or warm fuzzy words. Although, those are appreciated and usually well received if you happen to know the writer in real life. The love I’m referring to is sharing. Sharing their writing
Happy Valentine’s Day! In celebration, I’m offering a special short story from The Twisted Files. A night at the opera. A case of mistaken identity. A proposal of marriage. Join Brendan and Stasia for a night of fairy tale fun. “Brendan, you’re fidgeting,” Stasia mutters to me as we walk through the columned promenade leading to the opera house. Intricately carved friezes cover the entrance, flank the glass doors, and wrap around the sides of the building. It’s beautiful but
Over the last few months, I’ve been watching a lot of anime. And by a lot, I mean hours and hours as I pre-screen shows for my ten-year-old son. He’s at that awkward age where many of the Y-7 shows are too immature for him (boring and stupid according to him), but the Y-14 contain themes that he’s not quite ready for. There have been moments over the last few months where I roll my eyes at the similar plot lines and story tropes, the campy drama and teenage romance. But, ther