writing

Monday Morning #CharacterStory Writing Prompts 2011/06/27

A photo: top of this post, which the artist has entitled, “Never a frown, with golden brown.” (Click for a larger view.) A personality type: ISFP. A need: the need for emotional intimacy. A quirk: Always writes in 1337-5p34k (leet-speak). Feel free to comment below with a link to your story if you use any […]

Monday Morning #CharacterStory Writing Prompts 2011/06/20

Happy birthday to me! (Yup. Don’t know whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.) A photo: top of this post, which the artist has entitled, “.” (Click for a larger view.) A personality type: ENFP. A need: the need for attention. A quirk: Loves to dance, and does not have to be on […]

Writing Tip: Research the Obvious

Let’s say you’re writing a scene in your story, a scene that takes place in a beauty salon. Now, if you yourself have spent 20 years working in beauty salons, maybe you can write that scene off the top your head. But if you’re like most of us, you have only passing exposure to life […]

What Is a #CharacterStory (and the 2 Laws of Character Action)

I found this photo on Flickr. Entitled “The Problem with Character-Driven Stories,” the photo had an amusing story to go along with it. As the story goes, there was a writer who was auditioning characters for her next novel. Characters lined up all the way out the writer’s waiting room and around the corner. And […]

Monday Morning #CharacterStory Writing Prompts 2011/06/13

A photo: see the top of this post. (Click for a larger view.) A personality type: ESFJ. A need: the need for security. A quirk: Names his many tropical fish all after characters from his favorite novel. Feel free to comment below with a link to your story if you use any of these prompts. […]

On Plagiarists and “Real Writers”

Holly Lisle in her writing tips newsletter today wrote about plagiarism and being a “real writer.” I put “real writer” in quotes not for sarcastic effect. I put those words in quotes because those are the words Holly herself used, and I agree with them completely. She talks about some would-be aspiring authors, as it […]

How to Write: Show and Tell

“Show; don’t tell.” Writers take great pride in passing on this standard advice. But what does it mean to “show” instead of “tell”? What does “show don’t tell” look like? And is that a hard-and-fast rule or just a rule of thumb? Are there any situations in which you should “tell,” not “show”? If you’ve […]

Monday Morning #CharacterStory Writing Prompts 2011/06/06

A photo: top of this post, which the artist has entitled, “Please Don’t Go.” (Click for a larger view.) Of the photo he says, “This was a shot I took during Alyssa Barajas’ production of a music video for the song ‘Please Don’t Go’ by Barcelona. It was an amazing night, so many emotions and […]

The Novelist’s New Clothes?

They say that novelists write millions of manuscripts each year. I’m not sure what the exact number is. But I might believe any number between 1,000,000 and 25,000,000. Of these millions, less than 100,000 will make it to print. That’s when the real fun starts. Of those, only a fraction will end up on the […]

Monday Morning #CharacterStory Writing Prompts 2011/05/30

It’s Memorial Day (here in the US). That’s not a story prompt, just a note. Here are today’s story prompts. Use one or all of them to inspire a story. A photo: top of this post, part of a group of photos the artist has entitled, “Mis 25: Pasando la franja etaria.” (Click for a […]