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Secondary Characters

I love creating characters. I love love love creating characters. More than anything, character creation is by far my absolute favorite part of the writing process–and no character is more fun for me than The Secondary Character. (or Secondaries, what I call them for short) Protagonists (and usually antagonists) get plenty of attention—but sometimes I feel like Secondaries are left by the wayside, and slotted in whenever convenient. Certainly these types of characters are necessary, […]

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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

I always struggle to find balance when I write a first draft. I’m either tweaking adjectives and commas so obsessively that I fail to move forward, or I’m plowing ahead so blindly that I write myself into a complete mess of poor pacing, character inconsistencies, plot holes, the works. I think many writers fight this battle. We know rewriting a single paragraph seventeen times won’t help us finish the draft, so we plow onward. We […]

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The Point When Everything Changes

Recently, I was obsessing over critically watching the fabulous TV show, Sherlock, and in the episode called “The Hounds of Baskerville”, Sherlock says this to his client: And what happened when you went back to Dewer’s Hollow last night, Henry? You went there on the advice of your therapist, and now you’re consulting a detective. What did you see that changed everything? And that simple exchange set me to thinking. In a novel, there is […]

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Getting a Scene from Brain to Paper

Different writers have difficulty with different parts of the writing process. Some hate fiddling with background information. Others despise revising. Others can’t stand outlining. Me? I have the most trouble with drafting. By “drafting,” what I mean is this whole “get the story down on paper” part of writing. It’s not that I have trouble coming up with new material (I can write little happy excerpts and scenes all day long), or that I don’t […]

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