Impending Danger #WIPWednesday

Hey, everyone. Time for another WIP Wednesday. Today, I’ll share an excerpt from Cold Dark Night. But first, let me introduce you to someone and explain how I got her name. I’ve used various methods for coming up with character names—random generators, popular name sites, keeping of a list of ones I encounter. However, this … Continue reading Impending Danger #WIPWednesday

A Visit to Sleepy Hollow #WIPWednesday

Hey, everyone. We’re coming up on October, the time of the year when I think of ghosts and goblins, bright, full moons, and legends. Even a headless horseman. This week's WIP Wednesday is both a work in publication and a work in progress. Several years ago, when I did a First Friday Fiction post each … Continue reading A Visit to Sleepy Hollow #WIPWednesday

Unclear Purposes Playlist #WIPWednesday

Hey, everyone. For today’s WIP Wednesday, I’ll share the third and final playlist for the Driscoll Lake Series. For this one, I began selecting songs while still brainstorming the plot. I shared in a post a few months ago, where Lyin’ Eyes inspired the storyline. (You can click here if you'd like to read that … Continue reading Unclear Purposes Playlist #WIPWednesday

Unseen Motives Playlist #WIPWednesday

Hey, everyone. It’s time for another WIP Wednesday. This week is another “work in publication." The idea of creating a playlist, or soundtrack for my novels didn’t occur to me until after I had published Unseen Motives. Given the main character in Unknown Reasons was a part-time drummer who loved music, it seemed fitting for … Continue reading Unseen Motives Playlist #WIPWednesday

Unknown Reasons Playlist #WIPWednesday

Hi, y'all. Time for another WIP Wednesday. Today's post is about a "Work in Publication." Yesterday, my book Unknown Reasons got some attention over at Marcia's blog. (If you didn't read the review, click here to see the post.) I decided to share a little more about the background to this story. When I began … Continue reading Unknown Reasons Playlist #WIPWednesday

Fictional Bad Boys

Hey everyone. I don't usually post on the weekend, but I came across something interesting on my friend Staci Troilo's site. She linked to a post by Charles Yallowitz where he asked three questions about fictional bad boys. The topic intrigued me. Here are the three questions and my answers. 1. Who is your favorite … Continue reading Fictional Bad Boys

An open dialog on characters

C. S. Boyack talks about character development today at Story Empire.

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Hi, gang. Craig here again. I’m noticing that my posts tend to be more open ended than the other authors here. Part of that is because there are so many different methods to produce a good story. I like to discuss things and present options. This time the topic is characters.

I’ve been told I write good characters. (Both my fans said so.) I’m also on record as saying the character comes to me during the first draft more than any other time. There is a method to plotting a good character arc though. Readers expect the character to evolve over the course of the story. Imagine taking a conservative or a liberal, and making them accept some opposing points of view to get through whatever hellish torture you have planned for them. This evolution is the character arc.

I tend to write more stoic main characters, and surround them…

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What’s in a Name? | Story Empire

Good morning readers. I'm posting over at Story Empire today where I talk about character names. Click the link to read the full post. Hi SE’rs, Joan here. Happy first day of March. The Story Empire authors are expanding our blogging schedule to Mondays and Wednesdays along with a Friday share thread. I’m the first … Continue reading What’s in a Name? | Story Empire