Friday, February 19, 2016

A Memoir of the Craft

"There is a muse, but he's not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer. He lives in the ground. He's a basement kind of guy. You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt labor, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you. Do you think it's fair? I think it's fair. He's may not be much to look at, that muse-guy, and may not be much of a conversationalist, but he's got inspiration. It's right that you should do all the work and burn the mid-night oil, because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic. There's stuff in there that can change your life. Believe me. I know.
- Stephen King  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Setting aside the research

“The scholar's greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.” - Stephen King

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

World Building

World building touches all aspects of your story. It touches plot and character as well. If you don't know the culture your character comes from, how can you know what he's really like? You must know your characters on a much deeper level than you would if you just shrugged your way into a cookie cutter fantasy world.

Author, Patrick Rothfuss  

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Words of wisdom from Stephen King

So okay― there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You've blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Building A Strong Character

Smith pushed himself away from the desk where the computer was. Frustration etched his expression."Get the hell out, you're wasting my valuable time."

Marie smirked out a bit of contempt, and slammed the door behind her. She never met a man who was as head strong and tenacious as he was.

It's takes experience and practice to make your characters believable. It's one of my learning curves. Show that s/he has a real life, with his own fears, moods and dreams.

Understand what they are thinking and what they are feeling and experiencing, why they are doing what they are doing? Ask why. Sit them in a chair and let them talk away. Listen and you will learn. Interviews can be fun.

Be your character. When you immerse yourself in your writing, you get lost in their world, and magically you become your character. Take a stroll in your character's shoes and allow yourself to experience what they are experiencing. The more it feels real to you, the more wondrous it will feel to the reader.

How do you build your characters?


Monday, September 21, 2015

Previous posts

Journaling
8/27/2015

Anyone who journals daily, appreciates penning our thoughts freely with no censors can be very liberating. It allows us to better understand ourselves, focus on what we are thinking and feeling, and helps us tear down those emotional walls and discover our true selves. 

Journal writing removes mental blocks, unleashes creativity and intuition and is an artistic way of capturing ideas, emotions and producing wonderful stories.  

Penning my thoughts freely has granted me fabulous insight into the world and character building, in creating my newest work in progress, Chasing Celia. 

Oscar Wilde, 19th century playwright said:  "I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.


August 11th, 2015

Hello, welcome to my new website that Denyse Bridger helped me build! Stay around to what we add everyday. Thanks for visiting. 

Inspiration

This creative stuff is hard work; it's time to stop getting in our own way and waiting for inspiration. 

As Denyse Bridger said it best, writing is a job. You just do it. Waiting for wonderful flowing ideas to bonk us on the head, that have us rushing to our keyboards to effortlessly churn out words rarely happens. Inspiration comes when, first, sitting our butts in the chair. It comes from the work that you do, from the process itself. So the practical lesson here is, you don't need to be inspired to write. But you do need to write
to be inspired.

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. —Frank Tibolt

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the  time… The wait is simply too long. —Leonard Bernstein

Happy writing,
Marquete - HUGS

Welcome

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